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I UK [həʊp] / US [hoʊp] verb
Word forms "hope":
present tense I/you/we/they hope he/she/it hopes present participle hoping past tense hoped past participle hoped
[intransitive/transitive] to want and expect something to happen or be true
hope (that):

I just hope she's pleasant to him on his birthday.

hope for:

It wouldn't be sensible to hope for immediate success.

The best they can hope for is to get temporary accommodation.

hope and pray (that):

We can only hope and pray that Stephen is alive.

hope to do something:

The university is hoping to raise £3,000,000.

He hopes to sell his art to a major museum.

a) [transitive] used in polite statements
hope (that):

I hope you don't mind me asking, but where did you buy those shoes?

We do hope you enjoy your stay with us.

b) [transitive] used for showing that you do not like what someone is doing or thinking of doing

That's not my jumper you're wearing, I hope.

hope (that):

I hope you're not going to use all the milk.

c) [transitive] spoken used for saying that you are depending on something happening
hope (that):

I'm hoping that Ray's got the key, otherwise we can't get in.

half hope/hoping (that) — used about your feelings when you are not sure whether you want something or not

She waited at the station, half hoping that he would not show up.

I should/would hope so (too)spoken used for emphasizing that you feel it is right that something happened or will happen

"I'll pay all the money back." "I should hope so!"

II UK [həʊp] / US [hoʊp] noun
Word forms "hope":
singular hope plural hopes
1) [countable/uncountable] the feeling or belief that something you want to happen is likely to happen
hope for:

These young people have no hope for the future.

full of hope:

She arrived in London, young and full of hope.

offer/give hope to someone:

The new budget did offer more hope to unemployed disabled people.

someone's hope is that:

My hope is that one day she will forgive me.

hope of:

The team's hopes of a championship are fading fast.

Adjectives frequently used with hope
▪  faint, false, forlorn, vain Nouns frequently used with hope
▪  flicker, gleam, glimmer, ray
a) [countable/uncountable] a chance that something good will happen
hope of:

There is little hope of any improvement in his condition.

hope (that):

Is there any hope that she will change her mind?

hope of doing something:

Rescuers refused to give up all hope of finding more survivors.

someone's only hope:

Our only hope was to get her to a hospital fast.

b) a chance for success, or a person who you believe has a chance of succeeding

He is Britain's brightest tennis hope.

hope for:

Our children are our greatest hope for the future.

best hope:

A coalition government offers the country its best hope for peace.

last hope:

Many people saw the new president as their last hope for political change.

3) [countable, usually singular] something that you wish for
the hope is that:

The hope is that he will eventually come to his senses.

someone's hope is to:

I know it's unrealistic, but his hope is to win a scholarship.

beyond (all) hope — so much or so badly that it will never get better

The political situation in the country has deteriorated beyond all hope.

get someone's hopes up/build someone's hopes (up)/raise someone's hopes — to make someone expect something that they want even though you are not certain it will happen

I don't want to raise her hopes about the promotion until I'm sure.

a glimmer/ray of hope — a very small sign that something might improve or succeed

The transplant offers Lucy and her parents a new glimmer of hope.

have high/great hopes for someone — to hope and expect that someone will be very successful

The girls are doing very well, and I have very high hopes for them.

in the hope that/of — wanting something to happen

Police are carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the hope of finding the missing girl.

lose/give up hope — to stop believing that something you want to happen might be possible

We never, ever lost hope, and we never lost confidence that we would win one day.

not hold out (much) hope — to have little hope that something will happen

The report is supposed to be published next month. I don't hold out much hope though!

some hope/not a hopeBritish

spoken used for saying that there is no chance of something happening

Everybody is really looking forward to spring and better things to come (some hope!)

English dictionary. 2014.

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