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Definition of despair verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

despair

 verb
verb
NAmE//dɪˈspɛr//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they despair
 
he / she / it despairs
 
past simple despaired
 
-ing form despairing
 
 
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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.
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