1 belief that sth you want will happen
deep (esp. AmE), fervent, great

a feeling of considerable hope

It is my fervent hope that you will be able to take this project forward.

high (only used with hopes)

We have high hopes for the project.

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, 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, new, renewed

the treatment gave him renewed hope


Her dark eyes lit with sudden hope.

lingering (esp. BrE), 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.

be full of, cherish, entertain, feel, harbour/harbor, have, hold, see

He secretly cherished hopes that George would marry his daughter.

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.

pin, place, put

He pinned all his hopes on getting that job.


Maybe we can find some hope for humanity after all.

cling to, keep alive, live in

It is important to keep alive the hope that a peace settlement might be found.

I haven't yet found a place to rent, 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.

bring sb, give sb, offer (sb), provide, 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.

boost (esp. BrE)

The latest job figures have boosted hopes for the economy.

crush, dash, destroy, end, kill, kill off, shatter, wreck (esp. BrE)

Her hopes of going to college have now been dashed.

lie, rest

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 (esp. AmE), flare (AmE), spring, spring up, surge

Hope flared up inside her.


Hope remains that survivors will be found.

die, disappear, fade

Hope faded after wrecked remains of the ship were washed onto the shore.

beyond hope

damaged beyond hope of repair

in hope of, in the hope that, in hopes that (AmE)

I am writing to you in the hope that you can help me obtain some information.

I am writing this letter in hopes that it will be forwarded to the editor.

without hope

She felt weak and without hope.

hope for

young people who are full of hope for the future

hope of

I have no hope of winning.

every hope of sth, little hope of sth, no hope of sth, 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 for hope, reason for hope

We now have good grounds for hope.

keep your hopes up

We're trying to keep our hopes up.

not a hope in hell (informal)

You don't have a hope in hell of finding a job.

a sign of hope, a symbol of hope
not get your hopes up

I'll see what I can do, but don't get your hopes up too much.

2 sth you wish for
big hopes, high hopes

They have high hopes for their children.


Peace is a distant hope in this war-torn region.


a bitter tale of unfulfilled hopes

championship, medal, Olympic, play-off, title, etc.

the team's championship hopes


Every time he plays he carries the hopes of the entire nation.

hope for, hope of
your hopes and dreams, expectations, fears, etc.

She told me all her hopes and dreams.

3 sb/sth that will help you get what you want
big, bright
last, one, only

He turned to her in despair and said, ‘You're my last hope.’

Our one hope was that the hurricane would change direction.


He represents our best hope for a swimming medal.

hope for

She is Britain's brightest hope for a medal.

hope of

The operation was Kelly's only hope of survival.

certainly, desperately, fervently, really, sincerely, very much

They hoped desperately that their missing son would come home.

I sincerely hope that you will be successful.


I only hope you're right.


He secretly hoped that she wouldn't be home.

(not) dare (to)
hardly dare, scarcely dare (esp. BrE)

I hardly dared to hope the plan would succeed.

begin to
continue to

We are hoping for good weather.

hope against hope (= to continue to hope for sth even though it is very unlikely)
hope for the best (= to hope that sth will happen successfully, esp. where it seems likely that it will not)

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