desperately

desperately(
dehs
-
priht
-
li
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (frantically)
a. desesperadamente
I was trying desperately to think of something to say to fill the embarrassing silence.Buscaba desesperadamente algo que decir para llenar el incómodo silencio.
2. (urgently)
a. urgentemente
The earthquake victims desperately need food and shelter.Las víctimas del terremoto necesitan urgentemente alimentos y abrigo.
3. (very)
a. terriblemente
Cathy was desperately lonely when she was at boarding school.Cathy se sentía terriblemente sola cuando estaba en el internado.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I wasn't desperately concerned, because I knew Val could look after herself.No estaba lo que se dice preocupadísima, porque sabía que Val podía arreglárselas sola.
I'm desperately waiting for the summer. I've had enough of bad weather.No veo el momento de que llegue el verano. Estoy harta del mal tiempo.
4. (very much)
a. terriblemente
Since my children left home, I miss them desperately.Desde que mis hijos se fueron de casa, los echo terriblemente de menos.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Isaac desperately wants to go to the concert, but he doesn't have enough money.Isaac se muere de ganas de ir al concierto, pero no le alcanza el dinero.
The couple desperately wanted a child.La pareja estaba desesperada por tener un hijo.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
desperately
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (to fight, plead)
a. desesperadamente
2. (in love)
a. perdidamente
desperately illgravísimamente enfermo(a)
to be desperately sorry about somethinglamentar algo muchísimo
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
desperately [ˈdespərɪtlɪ]
adverb
1 (urgently, frantically) [+say, look] desesperadamente; con desesperación; [+try, struggle, look for] desesperadamente; [+fight] encarnizadamente; [+need, require] urgentemente; desesperadamente
to hope desperately for sth desear algo con todas sus fuerzas
to be desperately in love estar locamente or perdidamente enamorado
to be desperately in need of sth necesitar algo urgentemente
I desperately wanted to become a film director quería ser director de cine más que nada en el mundo or con todo el alma
2 (horribly) [+lonely, thin, shy, poor] terriblemente
we're not desperately busy at the moment no estamos lo que se dice terriblemente ocupados en este momento
it's desperately cold hace un frío terrible
to try desperately hard to do sth esforzarse mucho por hacer algo
I'm desperately hungry me muero de hambre
desperately ill muy grave; gravemente enfermo
I'm not desperately keen on the idea la idea no me vuelve loco
to be desperately short of sth andar escasísimo de algo
he's desperately unhappy es terriblemente desdichado
his family were desperately unhappy in England
my parents were desperately worried mis padres estaban preocupadísimos
he's not desperately intelligent he tries desperately hard to be funny
3 (very much, very)
"do you want to have children?" — "not desperately" —¿quieres tener hijos? —no estoy desesperado por tenerlos; it's not desperately important/urgent no es terriblemente importante/urgente; I'm not desperately keen no es que me entusiasme; "hungry?" — "not desperately" —¿tienes hambre? —puedo aguantar
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Examples
Machine Translators
Translate desperately using machine translators
See Machine Translations
Want to Learn Spanish?
Spanish learning for everyone. For free.
SpanishDict Premium
Have you tried it yet? Here's what's included:
Cheat sheets
No ads
Learn offline on iOS
Fun phrasebooks
Learn Spanish faster
Support SpanishDict