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Definition of hope noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    hope

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//hoʊp//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a belief that something you want will happen hope (of something) There is now hope of a cure. hope (for somebody/something) Hopes for the missing men are fading. hope (that…) There is little hope that they will be found alive. hope (of doing something) They have given up hope of finding any more survivors. She has high hopes of winning (= is very confident about it). The future is not without hope. Don't raise your hopes too high, or you may be disappointed. I'll do what I can, but don't get your hopes up. There is still a glimmer of hope. The situation is not good but we live in hope that it will improve.
  2. 2[countable] hope (of/for something) hope (for somebody) hope (that…) hope (of doing something) something that you wish for She told me all her hopes, dreams, and fears. They have high hopes for their children.
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] hope (of something) hope (for somebody) a person, a thing, or a situation that will help you get what you want He turned to her in despair and said, “You're my last hope.” The operation was Kelly's only hope of survival.
  4. Idioms
    be beyond hope (of something)
     
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    to be in a situation where no improvement is possible
    dash somebody's hopes
     
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    to destroy someone's hopes by making what they were hoping for impossible Hopes of a peaceful settlement have been dashed.
    hold out little, etc. hope (of something/that…), not hold out any, much, etc. hope (of something/that…)
     
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    to offer little, etc. reason for believing that something will happen The doctors did not hold out much hope for her recovery.
    hope springs eternal (saying)
     
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    people never stop hoping
    in the hope of something, in the hope that… (also in hopes that…)
     
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    because you want something to happen I called early in the hope of catching her before she went to work. He asked her again in the vain hope that he could persuade her to come (= it was impossible).
    not have a hope (in hell) (of doing something) (informal)
     
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    to have no chance at all She doesn't have a hope of winning.
    pin (all) your hopes on somebody/something, pin your faith on somebody/something
     
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    to rely on someone or something completely for success or help The company is pinning its hopes on the new project.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hope