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desperate

  
1       adj   If you are desperate, you are in such a bad situation that you are willing to try anything to change it.  
Troops are needed to help get food into Kosovo where people are in desperate need..., He made a desperate attempt to hijack a plane.     
  desperately      adv   ADV with v  
Thousands are desperately trying to leave their battered homes.     
2       adj   If you are desperatefor something or desperateto do something, you want or need it very much indeed.  
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ to-inf, ADJ for n  
They'd been married nearly four years and June was desperate to start a family..., People are desperate for him to do something.     
  desperately      adv   ADV with v  
He was a boy who desperately needed affection.     
3       adj   A desperate situation is very difficult, serious, or dangerous.   (=dire)  
India's United Nations ambassador said the situation is desperate...     
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exp.
a humorous way of saying that something is not needed at all
[Hum.];[Iron.]
n.
(british slang) "a strong drink" as in "i need a stiff whisky so pour me a real snorter", or (nautical slang) "a strong wind".
Slang
n.
someone to whom everybody is turning when they need advice, help
[Fam.]
n.
a single place where you can find everything you need, usually found in different places
v.
used for saying that you think someone is spending too much money on things they do not need

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