1 in a desperate way: He looked round desperately for someone to help him. | try desperately: The doctors were trying desperately to save her life.
2 very much: Joe's work is desperately important to him. | desperately need: He desperately needs reassurance.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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