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verb [intransitive] despair pronunciation in British English /dɪˈspeə(r)/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydespair
he/she/itdespairs
present participledespairing
past tensedespaired
past participledespaired

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  1. to feel that a situation is so bad that nothing you can do will change it

    I despair when I think of spending the rest of my life here.

    Mike despaired of ever seeing her again.

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