2 noun
hope2 W2


[uncountable and countable] a feeling of wanting something to happen or be true and believing that it is possible or likelyCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
hope that (have) hopes of (doing) something be full of hope give/offer hope to somebody (=make it possible for people to have hope) lose/give up/abandon hope (of something) (=stop hoping) live in hope (=keep hoping for something) not hold out any/much hope (=have very little hope) in the hope that (=because you hope that something will happen) in the hope of doing something (=because you hope that you will do it) a vain/forlorn hope also false hope (=when what you hope for will not happen) glimmer/ray of hope (=a little hope, or something that gives you a little hope) a symbol/beacon of hope (=something that makes people have hope)
The President has expressed the hope that relations will improve.
hope for
She hadn't told Julie about her hopes for a reconciliation with Ross.
Rita has hopes of studying to be a nurse.
The people are full of hope for the future.
This new treatment offers hope to thousands of cancer patients.
Michael's parents had almost given up hope of ever seeing him again.
We haven't had any success yet, but we live in hope.
We could try asking them, but I don't hold out much hope.
Should they hang on in the hope that the shares will soon be worth serious money?
We came to the island in the hope of finding a simpler way of life.
Such a lie is unkind because it keeps false hope alive.
She said the unemployment figures were a glimmer of hope.

something you hope for

[countable] something that you hope will happen
somebody's hope
She told him all her secret hopes and fears.
My hope is that by next summer I'll have saved enough money to go travelling.


[uncountable and countable] a chance of succeeding or of something good happening
hope of
It was rush hour, and there was no hope of getting a seat.
It was a desperate plan, with little hope of success.
hope (that)
There's still a faint hope (=small hope) that the two sides will reach an agreement.
not a hope! spoken (=used to say that there is no chance of something happening)
not a hope in hell (of doing something) spoken (=not even the smallest chance of success)
They don't have a hope in hell of winning.
some hope/what a hope! British English spoken (=used humorously to say that there is no chance that something will happen)
'Your dad might lend you the car.' 'Some hope!'

have high/great hopes

to be confident that someone or something will be successful
have high/great hopes of
We have great hopes of her - she's very talented.
have high/great hopes for
Parents often have such high hopes for their children.

raise (somebody's) hopes

to make someone feel that it is likely that what they want to happen will happen:
It wouldn't be fair to raise her hopes of success.

dash/shatter (somebody's) hopes

to disappoint someone by making something that they want to happen seem impossible:
The report dashes hopes of an early improvement in the economy.

get/build somebody's hopes up

to allow someone to believe that what they want to happen is likely to happen:
Don't get your hopes up. There'll be a lot of people applying for the job.

be somebody's last/only/best hope

to be someone's last, only etc chance of getting the result they want:
Please help me. You're my last hope.
be somebody's last/only/best hope of
Joshua's only hope of survival was a heart transplant.

be beyond hope

if a situation is beyond hope, it is so bad that there is no chance of any improvement
be beyond hope of
Some of the houses were beyond hope of repair.

➔ pin your hopes on somebody/something

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