Definition of despair verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

despair

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈspeə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsper//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they despair
BrE BrE//dɪˈspeə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsper//
 
he / she / it despairs
BrE BrE//dɪˈspeəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsperz//
 
past simple despaired
BrE BrE//dɪˈspeəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsperd//
 
past participle despaired
BrE BrE//dɪˈspeəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsperd//
 
-ing form despairing
BrE BrE//ˈspeərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsperɪŋ//
 
Unhappiness
 
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[intransitive] to stop having any hope that a situation will change or improve Don't despair! We'll think of a way out of this. despair of something/somebody I despair of him; he can't keep a job for more than six months. despair of doing something They'd almost despaired of ever having children. See related entries: Unhappiness Word Origin Middle English: the noun via Anglo-Norman French from Old French desespeir; the verb from Old French desperer, from Latin desperare, from de- ‘down from’ + sperare ‘to hope’.Extra examples He’s so rude, I despair of him! If you do not get a job immediately, don’t despair. You will find one in the end. They had begun to despair of ever finding the right road. We almost despaired when they said that the health centre would have to close. We finally found a house just when we were beginning to despair. Don’t despair! We’ll think of a way out of this. He began to despair that his dream would never materialize. I despair of him; he can’t keep a job for more than six months. They’d almost despaired of ever having children.
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