1 desire, wish, expectation, yearning, hankering, craving, longing, fancy; ambition, (day)dream:
It was always my hope that you would go to university.
2 prospect, promise, expectation, expectancy, confidence, anticipation, assumption, security, faith, conviction, belief, trust:
We had given up hope of being rescued.
3 aspire, count or rely on or upon, anticipate, contemplate, foresee, look forward to, expect, await, wait:
After all these years, he is still hoping to meet the girl of his dreams
4 trust; wish, want, desire; Dialect expect:
I hope my ship will come in soon. I hope to see the last of her tomorrow.
1 belief that sth you want will happen
considerable, fervent, great
a feeling of considerable hope It is my fervent hope that you will be able to take this project forward.
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Hopes are high that a resolution to the conflict can be found.
| best, main
Privatization seems to offer the best hope for the industry.
| faint, frail, slight, vague
There was still a faint hope that they would accept the offer.
| real, sincere
without any real hope of success It is my sincere hope that she will find happiness at last.
| realistic, reasonable | desperate, wild | false, forlorn, vain
He wasn't trying to give her false hope. It seemed a forlorn hope that we would find a taxi.
His early hopes of freedom were now gone.
| last, only
He had one last hope to cling to.
| fresh, renewed
the treatment gave him renewed hope
Her dark eyes lit with sudden hope.
| lingering, remaining
These figures kill off any lingering hopes of an early economic recovery.
flicker, glimmer, ray, spark
I looked at her and felt a glimmer of hope.
VERB + HOPE
be full of, cherish, entertain, have, see
Lord Mountbatten secretly cherished hopes that Charles would marry his granddaughter. Political leaders do now entertain the hope that a settlement can be found. She saw little hope of meeting the targets.
| express, voice
The Mexican president expressed hope for cooperation on trade.
| share | pin
He pinned all his hopes on getting that job.
| cling to, keep alive, live in
keeping alive the hope that a peace settlement might be found I haven't yet found a flat, but I live in hope.
| not hold out
I don't hold out much hope of finding a buyer.
| abandon, give up, lose
I didn't give up hope of being released.
| arouse, bring sb, give sb, offer (sb), raise
The use of fish oil to treat cancer has brought fresh hope to millions of sufferers. This announcement has raised hopes that the crisis may be coming to an end.
The latest job figures have boosted hopes for the economy.
| jeopardize | dash, destroy, kill (off), shatter, wreck
Her hopes of going to university have now been dashed.
HOPE + VERB
Her only hope lay in escape. Their main hopes rest on their new striker.
| grow, rise
Hopes of a peaceful end to the strike are now growing.
| flare (up), spring (up), surge
Hope flared up inside her.
| disappear, fade
Hope faded after wrecked remains of the ship were washed onto the shore.
damaged beyond hope of repair
| in ~ of, in the ~ that
I am writing to you in the hope that you can help me obtain some information.
| without ~
She felt weak and without hope.
| ~ for
young people who are full of hope for the future
| ~ of
I have no hope of winning.
every/little/no/some hope of sth
We have every hope of completing the project this year. There is little hope that they will be found alive.
| grounds/reason for hope
We now have good grounds for hope.
| (not) a hope in hell
You haven't got a hope in hell of finding a job.
| a sign/symbol of hope
2 sth you wish for
They have high hopes for their children.
| future | distant
Peace is a distant hope in this war-torn region.
| personal | disappointed, unfulfilled
a bitter tale of disappointed hopes
| championship, medal, Olympic, etc.
the team's championship hopes
~ for, ~ of
your hopes and dreams/expectations/fears
She told me all her hopes and dreams.
3 sb/sth that will help you get what you want
bright | last, only
He turned to her in despair and said, ‘You're my last hope.’
She is Britain's brightest hope for a medal.
| ~ of
The operation was Kelly's only hope of survival.
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