Meaning of “hopeless” in the English Dictionary

"hopeless" in British English

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uk /ˈhəʊp.ləs/ us /ˈhoʊp.ləs/

B1 without hope:

a hopeless situation
They searched for survivors but it was hopeless.
She was depressed and felt totally hopeless about the future.

B2 completely without skill at a particular activity:

I'm hopeless at sports.
He's a hopeless cook.

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noun [ U ] uk /ˈhəʊp.ləs.nəs/ us /ˈhoʊp.ləs.nəs/

I find the hopelessness of the situation very depressing.

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

"hopeless" in American English

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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)