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hopeverb [I or T]

uk   /həʊp/  us   /hoʊp/
A2 to ​want something to ​happen or to be ​true, and usually have a good ​reason to ​think that it might: I'm hoping for an ​interview next ​week. [+ (that)] She's hoping (that) she won't be away too ​long. I hope (that) she'll ​win. We have to hope and ​pray (that) the ​operation will go well. [+ to infinitive] They hope tovisit us next ​year. It's good ​news, I hope. "Will you be at the ​meetingtomorrow?" "I hope not/so".
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hopenoun [C or U]

uk   /həʊp/  us   /hoʊp/
B1 something good that you ​want to ​happen in the ​future, or a ​confidentfeeling about what will ​happen in the ​future: What are ​your hopes and ​dreams for the ​future? Is there any hope of getting ​financialsupport for the ​project? [+ that] Is there any hope that they will be ​home in ​time? Young ​people are ​growing up in ​ourcities without any hope offinding 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 ​desiredresult). We never gave up hope (= ​stopped hoping) that she would be ​foundalive. The ​letteroffered us a ​glimmer/​ray of (= a little) hope. I didn't ​phone until 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.

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(Definition of hope from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hopenoun [C/U]

 us   /hoʊp/
the ​feeling that something ​desired can be had or will ​happen: [U] We never ​entirely gave up hope. [U] This ​researchoffers hope of ​developingbetterways to ​treatcancer. [C] He had hopes of being ​chosen for the ​leadingpart in the ​play.

hopeverb

 us   /hoʊp/
to ​express the ​feeling or ​wish that something ​desired will ​happen: [I] I’m hoping the ​company gives us a ​bonus this ​year. [+ to infinitive] We hope to ​see you ​soon. [+ (that) clause] I hope (that) his ​plane won’t be ​delayed.
(Definition of hope from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hope”
in Korean 소망하다, 바라다…
in Arabic يَأمَل…
in Malaysian harap…
in French espérer…
in Russian надеяться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 希望,盼望…
in Italian sperare…
in Turkish ummak, ümit etmek, beklemek…
in Polish mieć nadzieję…
in Spanish esperar…
in Vietnamese hy vọng, ước mong…
in Portuguese esperar…
in Thai หวัง…
in German hoffen…
in Catalan esperar…
in Japanese (~を)願う…
in Chinese (Simplified) 希望,盼望…
in Indonesian mengharapkan…
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