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verb     hope pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehoping
past tensehoped
past participlehoped
  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.

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