\ 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

Duran gave Panamanians hope in moments of crisis and a sense of value, where they hadn't felt valued before. Dominic Rech, CNN, "'No más': The two words that broke boxing great Roberto Duran," 18 June 2019 Officials hope to salvage some of the wood and re-purpose it. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla tree thought by some to be inspiration for ‘The Lorax’ falls in park," 17 June 2019 Purina researchers have found a way to neutralize the allergen responsible for most cat allergies There could be hope on the horizon for cat lovers who are allergic to their favorite animal. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Kitty Cure: New Research Suggests an End to Severe Cat Allergies Could Be in Sight," 17 June 2019 City will hope that the loan-back offer will enable a strong negotiating stance that could see the Citizens pay less than the £105m that Benfica are demanding. SI.com, "Manchester City to Offer Benfica Loan-Back Deal for in-Demand Portugal Star Joao Felix," 16 June 2019 And though there are other bitcoin exchanges with a lot more traffic than Gemini, the brothers hope their app will encourage regular people to get their feet wet. CBS News, "Bitcoin billionaires Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss," 16 June 2019 All this should counsel caution rather than apocalyptic rhetoric and policies, although Trump has every reason to hope it doesn’t. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Climate Trap for Democrats," 14 June 2019 And then, thousands of years later, Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek, focused on the idea that space exploration could offer hope to humanity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Star Trek Logo Was Found on Mars. Really.," 14 June 2019 Among its objectives for the near future, Lopez and organizers hope to continue to invite retired stars of the Mexican League annually and develop youth soccer camps. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Match featuring former Mexican soccer greats to be played at Mooseheart," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kardashian West, who has begun a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm, has hopes of taking the bar in 2022 and making prison reform her main focus. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Lyft Partnership to Help 5,000 Soon-to-Be Released Inmates with Job Search: Report," 18 June 2019 Often these tactics revolve around aggressively coercing users into signing up to expensive subscriptions with unclear terms, in the hope that people either won’t notice or will forget to unsubscribe. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Latest iOS beta prompts you to unsubscribe when uninstalling apps with paid subs," 18 June 2019 Your heart is warmed and your hopes are rejuvenated by the sight of the par-70, 6,841-yard TPC River Highlands, where Sunday 58s and bunker chest-bumps are born. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Is TPC River Highlands a cushy landing spot for PGA pros after the grind of a U.S. Open? It’s not that simple," 18 June 2019 It’s hard to see how the Tigers have any hope of showing much improvement without at least decent pitching on a fairly consistent basis. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Disastrous games are part of Detroit Tigers' growing pains," 15 June 2019 If the Rockies have any hope of playing games that matter in October, that magic will probably have to be named Lambert. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Take that L on the way out, Cubbies. Rockies rookie pitcher Peter Lambert foils Chicago again.," 11 June 2019 In February, his wife Helen Nguyen attended the State of the Union address in Washington D.C. in the hope of raising awareness about her husband’s detention. Hillary Leung, Time, "A U.S. Citizen Detained in Vietnam Could Face the Death Penalty for Subversion," 11 June 2019 To maximise their chances, many are offering not just a single service (such as search or video), as Western firms tended to in their early years, but a bundle of services in one app instead, in the hope of making more money per user. The Economist, "The second half of humanity is joining the internet," 8 June 2019 There are also a number of charities that have been set up in the hope of protecting and saving the bears. Fox News, "Rare spectacled bear being 'driven to extinction' by penis bone poachers brewing 'magical sex potion'," 5 June 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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