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hope noun

1 belief that sth you want will happen

ADJ. considerable, fervent, great a feeling of considerable hope It is my fervent hope that you will be able to take this project forward. | high (only used with hopes) Hopes are high that a resolution to the conflict can be found. | best, main Privatization seems to offer the best hope for the industry. | faint, frail, slight, vague There was still a faint hope that they would accept the offer. | real, sincere without any real hope of success It is my sincere hope that she will find happiness at last. | realistic, reasonable | desperate, wild | false, forlorn, vain He wasn't trying to give her false hope. It seemed a forlorn hope that we would find a taxi. | early His early hopes of freedom were now gone. | last, only He had one last hope to cling to. | fresh, renewed the treatment gave him renewed hope | sudden Her dark eyes lit with sudden hope. | lingering, remaining These figures kill off any lingering hopes of an early economic recovery. | personal

QUANT. flicker, glimmer, ray, spark I looked at her and felt a glimmer of hope.

VERB + HOPE be full of, cherish, entertain, have, see Lord Mountbatten secretly cherished hopes that Charles would marry his granddaughter. Political leaders do now entertain the hope that a settlement can be found. She saw little hope of meeting the targets. | express, voice The Mexican president expressed hope for cooperation on trade. | share | pin He pinned all his hopes on getting that job. | cling to, keep alive, live in keeping alive the hope that a peace settlement might be found I haven't yet found a flat, but I live in hope. | not hold out I don't hold out much hope of finding a buyer. | abandon, give up, lose I didn't give up hope of being released. | arouse, bring sb, give sb, offer (sb), raise The use of fish oil to treat cancer has brought fresh hope to millions of sufferers. This announcement has raised hopes that the crisis may be coming to an end. | boost The latest job figures have boosted hopes for the economy. | jeopardize | dash, destroy, kill (off), shatter, wreck Her hopes of going to university have now been dashed.

HOPE + VERB lie, rest Her only hope lay in escape. Their main hopes rest on their new striker. | grow, rise Hopes of a peaceful end to the strike are now growing. | flare (up), spring (up), surge Hope flared up inside her. | disappear, fade Hope faded after wrecked remains of the ship were washed onto the shore.

PREP. beyond ~ damaged beyond hope of repair | in ~ of, in the ~ that I am writing to you in the hope that you can help me obtain some information. | without ~ She felt weak and without hope. | ~ for young people who are full of hope for the future | ~ of I have no hope of winning.

PHRASES every/little/no/some hope of sth We have every hope of completing the project this year. There is little hope that they will be found alive. | grounds/reason for hope We now have good grounds for hope. | (not) a hope in hell You haven't got a hope in hell of finding a job. | a sign/symbol of hope

2 sth you wish for

ADJ. high ~s They have high hopes for their children. | future | distant Peace is a distant hope in this war-torn region. | personal | disappointed, unfulfilled a bitter tale of disappointed hopes | championship, medal, Olympic, etc. the team's championship hopes

PREP. ~ for, ~ of

PHRASES your hopes and dreams/expectations/fears She told me all her hopes and dreams.

3 sb/sth that will help you get what you want

ADJ. bright | last, only He turned to her in despair and said, ‘You're my last hope.’ | medal

PREP. ~ for She is Britain's brightest hope for a medal. | ~ of The operation was Kelly's only hope of survival.