An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. desperately
La familia aguardaba desesperadamente que llegaran noticias de los niños desaparecidos.The family was desperately waiting for news about the missing children.
b. despairingly
Cuando el ascensor se paró, María me miró desesperadamente porque es claustrofóbica.When the elevator stopped, Maria looked at me despairingly because she is claustrophobic.
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desperately; despairingly
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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