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English definition of “hope”

hope

hope

noun [C or U] uk   /həʊp/ us    /hoʊp/
B1 something good that you want to happen in the future, or a confident feeling about what will happen in the future: What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Is there any hope of getting financial support for the project? [+ that] Is there any hope that they will be home in time? Young people are growing up in our cities without any hope of finding a job. His reply dashed (= destroyed) our hopes. They have pinned (all) their hopes on (= they are depending for success on) their new player. She's very ill, but there's still hope/we live in hope (= we think she might be cured). The situation is now beyond/past hope (= unlikely to produce the desired result). We never gave up hope (= stopped hoping) that she would be found alive. The letter offered us a glimmer/ray of (= a little) hope. I didn't phone till four o'clock in the hope that you'd be finished. I don't hold out much hope of getting (= I don't expect to be able to get) a ticket.
(Definition of hope from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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