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despair

verb [I]     /dɪˈspeər/ US  /-ˈsper/
to feel despair about something or someone: Don't despair! We'll find a way out! I despair at/over the policies of this government . They began to despair of ever be ing rescued .Not hopeful despairing     /-ˈspeə.rɪŋ/ US  /-ˈsper.ɪŋ/ adjective a despairing glance / cry Not hopeful despairingly     /-ˈspeə.rɪŋ.li/ US  /-ˈsper.ɪŋ.li/ adverb He rubbed his hand despairingly over his face .Not hopeful
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