- 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[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[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. Idioms
to be in a situation where no improvement is possible
be beyond hope (of something)jump to other results
to destroy someone's hopes by making what they were hoping for impossible Hopes of a peaceful settlement have been dashed.
dash somebody's hopesjump to other results
to offer little, etc. reason for believing that something will happen The doctors did not hold out much hope for her recovery.
hold out little, etc. hope (of something/that…), not hold out any, much, etc. hope (of something/that…)jump to other results
people never stop hoping
hope springs eternal (saying)jump to other results
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).
in the hope of something, in the hope that… (also in hopes that…)jump to other results
to have no chance at all She doesn't have a hope of winning.
not have a hope (in hell) (of doing something) (informal)jump to other results
to rely on someone or something completely for success or help The company is pinning its hopes on the new project.
pin (all) your hopes on somebody/something, pin your faith on somebody/somethingjump to other results