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noun hope pronunciation in British English /həʊp/
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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 London, young and full of hope.
    offer/give hope to someone: The new budget did offer more hope to unemployed disabled people.
    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.
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  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a chance that something good will happen
    hope of: There is little hope of any improvement in his condition.
    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.
    someone’s only hope: Our only hope was to get her to a hospital fast.
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    1. a.
      a chance for success, or a person who you believe has a chance of succeeding
      He is Britain’s brightest tennis hope.
      hope for: Our children are our greatest hope for the future.
      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.
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  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] something that you wish for
    the hope is that: The hope is that he will eventually come to his senses.
    someone’s hope is to: I know it’s unrealistic, but his hope is to win a scholarship.
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