\ ˈhōp How to pronounce hope (audio) \
hoped; hoping

Definition of hope

 (Entry 1 of 6)

intransitive verb

1 : to cherish a desire with anticipation : to want something to happen or be true hopes for a promotion hoping for the best I hope so.
2 archaic : trust

transitive verb

1 : to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment I hope she remembers. hopes to be invited
2 : to expect with confidence : trust Your mother is doing well, I hope.
hope against hope
: to hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment



Definition of hope (Entry 2 of 6)

1 archaic : trust, reliance
2a : 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 when they were young and full of hope
b : someone or something on which hopes are centered our only hope for victory
c : something desired or hoped (see hope entry 1) for great hopes for the coming year


biographical name (1)
\ ˈhōp How to pronounce Hope (audio) \

Definition of Hope (Entry 3 of 6)

Anthony — see Sir Anthony Hope hawkins


biographical name (2)

Definition of Hope (Entry 4 of 6)

Bob 1903–2003 originally Leslie Townes Hope American (British-born) comedian


biographical name (3)

Definition of Hope (Entry 5 of 6)

Victor Alexander John 1887–1951 2nd Marquis of Linlithgow \ lin-​ˈlith-​(ˌ)gō How to pronounce lin-ˈlith-(ˌ)gō (audio)\ British soldier; viceroy of India (1936–43)


geographical name

Definition of Hope (Entry 6 of 6)

city in southwestern Arkansas that was the childhood home of President Bill Clinton population 10,095

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Other Words from hope


hoper noun

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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

Examples of hope in a Sentence


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


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

Liverpool concerns despite win There was an intensity about the hosts throughout the game which highlighted the cavernous gap between the two sides, and Liverpool fans will hope history continues to repeat itself. Ben Church, CNN, "History repeats itself as Liverpool opens title campaign with easy win," 9 Aug. 2019 Darpa and Galois hope that Defcon attendees will find bugs and have defense suggestions throughout the weekend, and that the larger community will have input as well. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Take on Darpa's $10 Million Voting Machine," 9 Aug. 2019 The success of the Sangh Parivar in dominating BJP policy ensures that Pakistan has no reason to hope for any kind of detente or alliance with India. Johann Chacko, Quartz India, "With Kashmir move, India risks losing the upper hand of a responsible, nuclear-armed democracy," 6 Aug. 2019 The Dubai Police hope to add hoverbikes to their repertoire. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "At What Point Is a Flying Car Just a Big Drone You Can Sit In?," 6 Aug. 2019 More than half the 20 Democrats on stage at Detroit’s Fox Theater are unlikely to meet the stringent requirements the Democratic National Committee has imposed on candidates who hope to qualify for the next debate, on September 12 in Houston. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democratic Party Is Culling the Field Too Soon," 1 Aug. 2019 Maybe there’s still hope for a future that includes all of us after all. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The #SquadGoals Message of Hope," 31 July 2019 SpaceX will hope to get lucky and hit a gap in the storms this evening. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX scrubs third Dragon flight due to weather, will try again Thursday," 24 July 2019 If one makes the effort, there is every reason to hope that readers will respond. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "How to write three books before you are 30—lessons from an Indian historian," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In using this formation, Trap had invariably (maybe accidentally), pinned all of his hopes for success on world class number tens. SI.com, "Giovanni Trapattoni: A Career of 2 Halves That Defined the Golden Era of Calcio at Juventus," 12 Aug. 2019 My hope is that these awful shootings will refocus all the Democratic candidates on the stakes of this election. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Trump grotesquely made his visits to Dayton and El Paso all about him," 11 Aug. 2019 The shift worries some artists, who say that a city long steeped in bohemian subcultures is now pinning its hopes on an industry that might not pan out. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland shuttered artist warehouses after Ghost Ship. Cannabis may take the rest," 11 Aug. 2019 Our hope is that sonogenetics revolutionizes the fields of neuroscience and medicine. Sreekanth Chalasani, The Conversation, "The new field of sonogenetics uses sound waves to control the behavior of brain cells," 9 Aug. 2019 But Harbaugh made no secret of his hope that Vedvik would revive his market value this summer. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 29-0 preseason victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars," 9 Aug. 2019 Derbez, tired but tirelessly cheerful and engaged, talked about the new movie and his hopes and dreams for his career. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "'Dora' star Eugenio Derbez: 'I would love to change the way Hollywood portrays Latinos'," 8 Aug. 2019 Despite the dashing of its medical hopes, Magee has set up research centres in robotics and cognitive data analysis. The Economist, "Brexit or not, Derry will think in all-island terms," 8 Aug. 2019 In confronting the looming horror of the Civil War, many Americans found a fuller summation of their hopes and fears in Spiritualism than in something more sober. Ed Simon, The New Republic, "Marianne Williamson’s Spiritualism Has Deep, Liberal Roots," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hope


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hope

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English hopian; akin to Middle High German hoffen to hope

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English Language Learners Definition of hope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of hope (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈhōp How to pronounce hope (audio) \
hoped; hoping

Kids Definition of hope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to desire especially with expectation that the wish will be granted I hope she remembers I'm coming.



Kids Definition of hope (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : desire together with the expectation of getting what is wanted
2 : a chance or likelihood for something desired There isn't much hope of winning.
3 : something wished for My hope is that we'll all do well.
4 : someone or something that may be able to help You're our last hope.

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