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desperate adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (person: needing help)desesperado/a adjadjetivo: Describe el sustantivo. Puede ser posesivo, numeral, demostrativo ("casa grande", "mujer alta").
 The people of the famine stricken country are desperate.
desperate for [sth] adj + prep (person: needing [sth] urgently)desesperado por adj + prep
 The parents of the missing child are desperate for any information on his whereabouts.
desperate to do [sth] adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (person: urgently wishing to do [sth])desesperado por adj + prep
 Gerald is desperate to find a job.
desperate adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (need: urgent, extreme)desesperado/a adjadjetivo: Describe el sustantivo. Puede ser posesivo, numeral, demostrativo ("casa grande", "mujer alta").
  urgente adj mfadjetivo de una sola terminación: Adjetivos de una sola terminación en singular ("amable", "constante") pero que sí varían en plural ("amables", "constantes").
  apremiante adj mfadjetivo de una sola terminación: Adjetivos de una sola terminación en singular ("amable", "constante") pero que sí varían en plural ("amables", "constantes").
 The impoverished family were in desperate need.
desperate adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (situation: hopeless)perdido/a adjadjetivo: Describe el sustantivo. Puede ser posesivo, numeral, demostrativo ("casa grande", "mujer alta").
  desesperado/a adjadjetivo: Describe el sustantivo. Puede ser posesivo, numeral, demostrativo ("casa grande", "mujer alta").
 The disaster victims found themselves in a desperate situation.
desperate adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (extreme, determined)desesperado/a adjadjetivo: Describe el sustantivo. Puede ser posesivo, numeral, demostrativo ("casa grande", "mujer alta").
 Sarah made a desperate attempt to grab Mark's hand before he fell from the cliff.
desperate adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (wild, reckless)salvaje adj mfadjetivo de una sola terminación: Adjetivos de una sola terminación en singular ("amable", "constante") pero que sí varían en plural ("amables", "constantes").
  temerario/a adjadjetivo: Describe el sustantivo. Puede ser posesivo, numeral, demostrativo ("casa grande", "mujer alta").
 Police are hunting the desperate killer.
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Collocations: am getting desperate for [the bathroom, a drink of water], is desperate for [attention, affection, help], am desperate to [find, keep, see, make, have, know], more...

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