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hope

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verb \ˈhōp\

Simple Definition of hope

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

Full Definition of hope

hopedhop·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cherish a desire with anticipation <hopes for a promotion>

  3. 2 archaic :  trust

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to desire with expectation of obtainment

  6. 2 :  to expect with confidence :  trust

hop·er noun
hope against hope
  1. :  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

Synonym Discussion of hope

expect, hope, look mean to await some occurrence or outcome. expect implies a high degree of certainty and usually involves the idea of preparing or envisioning <expects to be finished by Tuesday>. hope implies little certainty but suggests confidence or assurance in the possibility that what one desires or longs for will happen <hopes to find a job soon>. look, with to, implies assurance that expectations will be fulfilled <looks to a tidy profit from the sale>; with for it implies less assurance and suggests an attitude of expectancy and watchfulness <look for rain when the wind shifts to the northeast>.

Rhymes with hope


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hope

noun

Simple Definition of hope

  • : 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

  1. 1 archaic :  trust, reliance

  2. 2 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.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of hope

before 12th century


HOPE

abbreviation

Definition of HOPE

  1. Health Opportunity for People Everywhere




Hope

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biographical name \ˈhōp\

Definition of Hope

  1. Anthony — see Sir Anthony Hope hawkins




Hope

biographical name

Definition of Hope

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




Hope

biographical name

Definition of Hope

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






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