hope

verb
\ˈhōp \
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

hope

noun

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

Hope

biographical name (1)
\ˈhōp \

Definition of Hope (Entry 3 of 6)

Anthony — see Sir Anthony Hope hawkins

Hope

biographical name (2)

Definition of Hope (Entry 4 of 6)

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

Hope

biographical name (3)

Definition of Hope (Entry 5 of 6)

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

Hope

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

Verb

hoper noun

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Verb

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

Verb

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.

Noun

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

But there’s also hope for Trump: Only 20 percent of respondents thought Obama was the best or second-best president when Pew conducted a similar survey in 2011, during Obama’s first term. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Americans were asked to name the best president of their lifetime, and Obama won," 11 July 2018 There is still hope for passengers looking for more room, though. Cailey Rizzo, Fox News, "FAA declines regulation of minimum airplane seat size," 7 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter For years, the best a vegetarian could hope to find on the menu of a typical French brasserie was omelette and chips. The Economist, "French vegans are tormenting France’s butchers," 5 July 2018 With this week’s congressional trip, last week’s visit by White House national security adviser John Bolton, and the upcoming Helsinki summit, Russians now hope that change is finally near. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Republican lawmakers come to Moscow, raising hopes there of US-Russia thaw," 3 July 2018 With this week’s congressional trip, last week’s visit by White House national security adviser John Bolton and the upcoming Helsinki summit, Russians now hope that change is finally near. Anton Troianovski, Washington Post, "Republican lawmakers come to Moscow, raising hopes there of U.S.-Russia thaw," 3 July 2018 Republicans hope to use the issue to help propel them to victories. CBS News, "Trump says newspaper shooting "shocked the conscience of our nation"," 29 June 2018 Beckmann believes many travelers hope to be changed in some way. Diane Daniel, chicagotribune.com, "'Transformative travel' is the industry's latest twist on making vacations more meaningful," 13 July 2018 The dueling views of the bill's potential impact are the latest example of how immigration looms as a vote-moving issue this fall, when Democrats hope to wrest control of the House and perhaps the Senate from the GOP. CBS News, "Push by liberal Democrats’ to abolish ICE delights GOP," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Trump administration is trying to boost the capabilities of Afghan security forces and increase military pressure on the Taliban in the hope of forcing them to negotiate a peace. Lolita C. Baldor, chicagotribune.com, "Army ponders changes after insider attack that killed soldier in Afghanistan," 14 July 2018 Elections officials continued recounting ballots Friday in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive, with hopes of finishing the recount on Saturday. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Day 2 of recount in Baltimore County executive Democrat primary opens with Olszewski lead at 10 votes," 13 July 2018 The burden of treatment is why a small study that shows promise for a simpler, cheaper alternative treatment to Type 1 diabetes is being met with hope — but also with caution and skepticism. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Washington Post, "Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes," 13 July 2018 Driving time doesn’t exceed three to four hours a day, said EXP’s Mr. Jackson, in the hopes that road fatigue doesn’t set in. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018 Additionally, the Daily Mirror report that Fekir has reached an agreement with Les Gones' owner Jean Michel Aulas to reopen talks with the Merseyside club in the hope of making his 'dream' move become a reality. SI.com, "New Twist in Liverpool's Chase of Nabil Fekir as Contact With Lyon President Reignites Transfer Saga," 12 July 2018 In 11 of those states the laws are even stricter, also barring private employers from asking about it until later in the hiring process, in the hope that candidates will get a fair chance at a job. Michael Sasso And Jeff Green, latimes.com, "Get ready for rolling background checks at work," 11 July 2018 In 11 of those states the laws are even stricter, also barring private employers from asking about it until later in the hiring process, in the hope that candidates will get a fair chance at a job. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Rolling Background Checks at Work Are Becoming a Thing," 11 July 2018 The Big Ten athletic directors submitted their proposal with the hope of having an NFL-type injury report where schools would have to issue a mandatory, weekly injury report. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Injury reports? TCU's Gary Patterson doesn't know gamblers matter to Big Ten ADs," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of hope

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for hope

Verb

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

Noun

see hope entry 1

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11 Oct 2018

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hope

verb

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

hope

noun

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

hope

verb
\ˈhōp \
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.

hope

noun

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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