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Meaning of “despair” in the English Dictionary

"despair" in British English

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despairnoun [U]

uk   /dɪˈspeər/  us   /-ˈsper/
B2 the ​feeling that there is no ​hope and that you can do nothing to ​improve a ​difficult or ​worryingsituation: a mood/​sense of despair They're in (the ​depths of) despair over/about the ​money they've ​lost. To her teacher's despair, Nicole never does the ​work that she's told to do. Their fourth ​year without ​rain drove many ​farmers to despair.be the despair of sb to ​cause someone such difficulties that they do not ​know how to ​deal with you: He's the despair of his ​parents because he ​shows no ​interest in getting a ​job.

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despairverb [I]

uk   /dɪˈspeər/  us   /-ˈsper/
despairing
adjective uk   /-ˈspeə.rɪŋ/  us   /-ˈsper.ɪŋ/
a despairing ​glance/​cry
despairingly
adverb uk   /-ˈspeə.rɪŋ.li/  us   /-ˈsper.ɪŋ.li/
He ​rubbed his ​hand despairingly over his ​face.
(Definition of despair from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"despair" in American English

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despairnoun [U]

 us   /dɪˈspeər/
a ​feeling of being without ​hope or of not being ​able to ​improve a ​situation: A few ​sadmoments doesn’t ​implyfeelings of despair. She ​flung up her ​arms in despair and ​wailed.

despairverb [I]

 us   /dɪˈsper, -ˈspær/
to ​losehope or be without ​hope: Don’t despair – things will ​improve. He ​began to despair of ​everfinding a ​job.
(Definition of despair from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “despair”
in Korean 절망…
in Arabic يَأس…
in Malaysian putus harapan…
in French (se) désespérer (de)…
in Russian отчаяние…
in Chinese (Traditional) 絕望…
in Italian disperazione, sconforto…
in Turkish umutsuzluk, çaresizlik…
in Polish rozpacz…
in Spanish desesperar, perder la esperanza…
in Vietnamese thất vọng…
in Portuguese desespero…
in Thai สิ้นหวัง…
in German verzweifeln…
in Catalan desesperació…
in Japanese 絶望…
in Chinese (Simplified) 绝望…
in Indonesian putus asa…
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