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"hopeless" in British English

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hopelessadjective

uk   /ˈhəʊp.ləs/  us   /ˈhoʊp-/
B1 without ​hope: a hopeless ​situation They ​searched for ​survivors but it was hopeless. She was ​depressed and ​felttotally hopeless about the ​future.B2 completely without ​skill at a ​particularactivity: I'm hopeless atsports. He's a hopeless ​cook.

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hopelessness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
I ​find the hopelessness of the ​situation very ​depressing.
(Definition of hopeless from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hopelessadjective

 us   /ˈhoʊp·ləs/
without ​hope: We ​tried to ​save the ​building, but it was a hopeless ​task (= it could not ​succeed).
(Definition of hopeless from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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