\ 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)

1a : 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 for great hopes for the coming year
2 archaic : trust, reliance


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 Hope (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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hoper noun

Synonyms for hope

Synonyms: Verb

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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

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 Additionally, the HIV Vaccine Trials Network is developing cocktails of antibody treatments that investigators hope will eventually prove efficacious as prophylaxis against HIV. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 28 July 2021 The Colts hope to be the team that gives them those deals, however, the two sides have yet to find common ground, general manager Chris Ballard said Monday. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 27 July 2021 Many women hope what comes next won’t repeat that history. Homa Hoodfar, The Conversation, 27 July 2021 That’s the legacy that the survivors, which include the entire 2012 Olympic team, hope to leave on their sport. Alice Park/tokyo, Time, 27 July 2021 That's certainly worth something, though the answers aren't always what consumers hope for. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 26 July 2021 The couple’s bond is everything that her five children could hope for. Isabella Chan, courant.com, 25 July 2021 The best outcome anyone can hope for at this point is that with the screening program in place, only a few people will get infected or ill. Adam Rogers, Wired, 22 July 2021 The Twins should be motivated to get this deal done soon, and then hope for the best on the next big question: will his manager be able to write Buxton's name on the lineup card more than 39.7% of the time? Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lee suddenly found herself being mentioned as America's best hope for an all-around gold medal when superstar Simone Biles withdrew from the competition on Tuesday, citing mental health concerns. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 A day after former Kentucky Wildcat basketball player Terrence Clarke died in a car accident, Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics shared on social media his hope that, at the 2021 NBA Draft, Clark’s name would be called. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 29 July 2021 Much of the hope for policy change in food security lies within President Joe Biden's ambitious American Families Plan, which Democrats intend to roll into a reconciliation package this year. NBC News, 29 July 2021 The one major hope is that the justice system remains robust. Robin Wrigh, The New Yorker, 28 July 2021 The prospect of a massive infrastructure bill that’s mutually agreeable to both parties has become somewhat of a last great hope for bipartisanship in an increasingly rancorous and divided Congress. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 28 July 2021 For the second time in eight months, Jackson tested positive for the coronavirus, sidelining him for the start of a camp that the Ravens hope will elevate the team’s middling passing game. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 28 July 2021 Fans will now have to hold out hope that the mysterious buyer is more philanthropically inclined than Shkreli, which in theory should be a low bar to clear. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 27 July 2021 For almost two weeks, rescue efforts focused on the possibility of finding survivors amid the rubble, even as that hope dwindled with each passing day. Washington Post, 27 July 2021

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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 2

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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“Hope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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