verb \ˈhōp\

: to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true


Full Definition of HOPE

intransitive verb
:  to cherish a desire with anticipation <hopes for a promotion>
archaic :  trust
transitive verb
:  to desire with expectation of obtainment
:  to expect with confidence :  trust
hop·er noun
hope against hope
:  to hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment

Examples of HOPE

  1. No one knows yet if anyone survived the crash. At this point, we can only hope.
  2. I hope you're feeling better soon.
  3. That's what she hoped would happen.
  4. Let's hope that the strike ends soon.
  5. I hope I haven't bored you.
  6. Everyone in your family is well, I hope.

Origin of HOPE

Middle English, from Old English hopian; akin to Middle High German hoffen to hope
First Known Use: before 12th century



: the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen : a feeling that something good will happen or be true

: the chance that something good will happen

: someone or something that may be able to provide help : someone or something that gives you a reason for hoping

Full Definition of HOPE

archaic :  trust, reliance
a :  desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment <came in hopes of seeing you>; also :  expectation of fulfillment or success <no hope of a cure>
b :  someone or something on which hopes are centered <our only hope for victory>
c :  something hoped for

Examples of HOPE

  1. When they started their life together, they were young and full of hope.
  2. Rescuers have not yet abandoned hope that more survivors will be found.
  3. The drug has brought hope to thousands of sufferers.
  4. We allowed ourselves to entertain hopes that the crisis would end soon.
  5. The goal raised the hopes of the team.
  6. The hope is that there will be a settlement soon.
  7. The lawyers do not want to raise false hopes of an early settlement.
  8. He told them the truth with the hope that they would understand.
  9. He had little hope of attending college.
  10. The latest reports hold out hope for a possible end to this crisis.

First Known Use of HOPE

before 12th century



Definition of HOPE

Health Opportunity for People Everywhere


biographical name \ˈhōp\

Definition of HOPE

Anthony — see Sir Anthony Hope hawkins


biographical name

Definition of HOPE

Bob 1903–2003 originally Leslie Townes Hope Am. (Brit.-born) comedian


biographical name

Definition of HOPE

Victor Alexander John 1887–1951 2d Marquis of Lin*lith*gow \lin-ˈlith-(ˌ)gō\ British soldier; viceroy of India (1936–43)


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