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desperately

adverb
     
des‧pe‧rate‧ly
1 in a desperate way:
The doctors tried desperately to save her life.
He looked round desperately for someone to help him.
2 very or very much
desperately want/need
The crops desperately need rain.
desperately poor/ill/tired etc
He was desperately ill with a fever.

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