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noun     hope pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the feeling or belief that something you want to happen is likely to happen
    hope for:

    These young people have no hope for the future.

    full of hope:

    She arrived in New York, young and full of hope.

    someone’s hope is that:

    My hope is that one day she will forgive me.

    hope of:

    The team’s hopes of a championship are fading fast.

    offer/give hope to someone:

    The new budget did offer more hope to unemployed disabled people.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a chance that something good will happen
    hope of:

    There is little hope of any improvement in his condition.

    someone’s only hope:

    Our only hope was to get her to a hospital fast.

    hope (that):

    Is there any hope that she will change her mind?

    hope of doing something:

    Rescuers refused to give up all hope of finding more survivors.

    1. a.
      a chance for success, or a person who you believe has a chance of succeeding
      hope for:

      Our children are our greatest hope for the future.

      He is Britain’s brightest tennis hope.

      best hope:

      A coalition government offers the country its best hope for peace.

      last hope:

      Many people saw the new president as their last hope for political change.

  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] something that you wish for
    someone’s hope is to:

    I know it’s unrealistic, but his hope is to win a scholarship.

    the hope is that:

    The hope is that he will eventually come to his senses.

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