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To hope - thesaurus




to want and expect something to happen or be true



to intend or hope to achieve something



to hope or wish very strongly for something



to think about something that you hope to have or achieve

hold out hope

to think that something is likely to happen or succeed

have something to live for

to have a reason to want to stay alive

build castles in the air

to have hopes and dreams that are unlikely to become real

live in hope

to be hopeful that something will happen

be betting on something

to have a very strong hope that something will happen, so that this influences what you do

pin your hopes/faith on

to hope very much that someone or something will succeed when everyone or everything else has failed

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have high/great hopes for someone

to hope and expect that someone will be very successful

hope against hope

to hope that something will happen or be true, even though you know it is very unlikely

hope for the best

to hope that a bad situation will have the best result that is possible

only wish/hope (that)

to wish/hope something strongly



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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