|Origin:||desperatus, past participle of desperare; DESPAIR2|
willing to do anything to change a very bad situation, and not caring about danger:
I had no money left and was desperate.
Time was running out and we were getting desperate.
the missing teenager's desperate parents
She was desperate with fear.
needing or wanting something very much
The team is desperate for a win.
I was desperate for a cigarette.
desperate to do something
He was desperate to get a job.
a desperate situation is very bad or serious:
a desperate shortage of doctors
We're in desperate need of help.