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verb hope pronunciation in British English /həʊp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehoping
past tensehoped
past participlehoped
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  1. [intransitive/transitive] to want and expect something to happen or be true
    hope (that): I just hope she’s pleasant to him on his birthday.
    hope for: It wouldn’t be sensible to hope for immediate success.
    The best they can hope for is to get temporary accommodation.
    hope and pray (that): We can only hope and pray that Stephen is alive.
    hope to do something: The university is hoping to raise £3,000,000.
    He hopes to sell his art to a major museum.
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    1. a.
      [transitive] used in polite statements
      hope (that): I hope you don’t mind me asking, but where did you buy those shoes?
      We do hope you enjoy your stay with us.
    2. b.
      [transitive] used for showing that you do not like what someone is doing or thinking of doing
      That’s not my jumper you’re wearing, I hope.
      hope (that): I hope you’re not going to use all the milk.
    3. c.
      [transitive] spoken used for saying that you are depending on something happening
      hope (that): I’m hoping that Ray’s got the key, otherwise we can’t get in.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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