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Definition of hopeless adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1if something is hopeless, there is no hope that it will get better or succeed a hopeless situation It's hopeless trying to convince her. Most of the students are making good progress, but Michael is a hopeless case. He felt that his life was a hopeless mess.
  2. 2(of people) very bad (at something); with no ability or skill synonym terrible a hopeless driver I can't help it. I'm a hopeless romantic (= I will never change). hopeless at something I'm hopeless at science.
  3. 3feeling or showing no hope She felt lonely and hopeless.
adverb hopelessly outnumbered They were hopelessly lost. to be hopelessly in love “I'll never manage it,” he said hopelessly.
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noun [uncountable] a sense/feeling of hopelessness
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