1 feeling or showing great despair and ready to do anything regardless of danger 感到绝望而不惜冒险的; 拚命的; 不顾一切的
*The prisoners grew more desperate. 囚徒们在绝望中更加不顾死活了.
* She wrote me a desperate letter. 她给我写了一封信表示因绝望而不惜孤注一掷.
2 [attrib 作定语] violent and sometimes against the law 凶暴的; 犯法的
*a desperate criminal, act, robbery 无法无天的罪犯、行为、抢劫.
3 [usu pred 通常作表语] ~ (for sth/to do sth) in great need (of sth/to do sth) 极需要（某事物[做某事]）
*They're desperate for money. 他们极需钱.
* (infml 口) Have you got some water? I'm desperate (for a drink). 你有水吗? 我很想喝（一点）.
* I'm desperate to see her. 我很想见到她.
4 extremely serious or dangerous 极严重的; 极危险的
*a desperate situation, shortage, illness 危局、奇缺、重病
* The state of the country is desperate. 该国局势危殆.
5 [usu attrib 通常作定语] giving little hope of success; tried when all else has failed 成功希望渺茫的; 孤注一掷的
*a desperate remedy, measure, etc 成功希望渺茫的补救方法、孤注一掷的措施.
[Date: 1300-1400; Language: Latin;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 sth
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.
a desperate action is something that you only do because you are in a very bad situation
She made a desperate attempt to escape.
We had to resort to desperate measures .
a desperate struggle to rescue the men
1. But I was desperate now. 那时我什么也不顾了，
2. The prisoners grew more desperate. 囚徒们在绝望中更加不顾死活了.
3. Many experts think Vietnam is going too far by requiring that all mobile phones be expensive digital models, when it is desperate for any phones, period. 许多专家认为，越南在目前急需电话的情况下，却要求所有的移动电话都必须是昂贵的数字型电话的做法就是太超前了。