Share this entry

despair
American English: /dəˈspɛr/
British English: /dɪˈspɛː/

Translation of despair in Spanish:

noun

uncountable
  • she was in despair
    estaba desesperada
    the children drive me to despair
    los niños me vuelven loca or me sacan de quicio
    to be the despair of somebodyhe was the despair of his teachers
    volvía locos or sacaba de quicio a los maestros
    Example sentences
    • Finally, never leave the examination hall in despair, however hopeless things may seem.
    • As if in pain, as if in despair, everyone felt the sadness and everyone felt fear as well.
    • He says every morning he begins his work with hope, and every evening he ends in despair.

intransitive verb

  • perder las esperanzas
    desesperar
    don't despair
    no (te) desesperes
    ¡ánimo!
    to despair of something/-ingshe despaired of ever seeing her family again
    perdió las esperanzas de volver a ver a su familia
    to despair of somebodythe doctors had despaired of her
    los médicos habían perdido las esperanzas de salvarla
    honestly, I despair of you!
    ¡francamente, eres un caso perdido!
    Example sentences
    • Others were simply despairing, sighing that it had lost its magic, that it had sold its soul to charter flights and overdevelopment.
    • He was far too young to die and I despaired that I was his only hope.
    • Some are hopeful, some are despairing and some are poignant.

Definition of despair in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score: