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

Mr Sharif’s opponents hope that prison will limit his ability to influence politics. The Economist, "Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail," 14 July 2018 The owners began working on the project this summer and hope to open in the fall. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "European-style cafe and wine bar coming to Station North," 13 July 2018 Moving forward, researchers hope to reconstruct the Iceman’s gut microbiome and find out how the bacteria in his belly compares to that of modern humans. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Before He Died, Ötzi the Iceman Ate a Greasy, Fatty Meal," 13 July 2018 Work is underway in downtown Tinley Park to install a new, and what village officials hope is vandalism-proof fountain in Zabrocki Plaza. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "New Tinley Park fountain on tap," 5 July 2018 To do that, though, engineers will have to build special overpasses or underpasses and hope the predators take notice. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Many hope that sufficient action now could prevent monarchs from ever joining the list, which would avoid politicizing the species over regulation disputes. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 Bent on preserving slim Republican congressional majorities in November’s elections, the president may hope that a loud goodbye to the WTO would reassure and revitalize his protectionist political base. James Bacchus, WSJ, "America Needs the WTO," 12 July 2018 Tennessee will hope for a better defensive performance in 2018 with former Florida State, Georgia and Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt taking the head coaching job after a long, dramatic coaching search. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Tennessee in 2018," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The hope wasn’t to imbue these things with judgment, but just to say that social media is a very powerful thing. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "'Eighth Grade' goes inside the mind of an iPhone-addled teen girl," 14 July 2018 The hope is that marquee free agent John Tavares, who grew up in nearby Mississauga, Ontario, sleeping on Maple Leafs bedding as a boy, can break the curse. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality," 14 July 2018 The hope is O’Connor can somehow get through to these players. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "James O’Connor is finally forcing Orlando City’s players to look in the mirror," 14 July 2018 The departure of Jensen created a hole in the middle of the unit, and the hope is that Skura — who replaced Yanda at right guard — can fill that gap. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens 2018 position-by-position breakdown: offensive line," 13 July 2018 The hope is that the posters, which feature Scottsdale residents of different genders, abilities and races in front of the city's iconic LOVE sculpture, will be placed in storefront windows and change perceptions about the city. Zahra Ahmad, azcentral, "'Scottsdale for All' hopes to spread inclusiveness," 13 July 2018 The hope is to get kids that are already swimming and bring them over to water polo. Caitlin Mullen, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Payton Comstock, Fenwick student planning water polo camp in Clarendon Hills," 11 July 2018 So at least this ended on a positive note, and the hope is Hellmuth learned from his error. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Phil Hellmuth apologizes for foul-mouthed rant during World Series of Poker hand," 10 July 2018 The hope is to eventually get the beer on grocery store shelves in the country. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This Beer Was Developed For Breast Cancer Patients," 9 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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13 Sep 2018

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More Definitions for hope

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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