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hope

verb \ ˈhōp \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of hope

hoped; hoping
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.

hoper

noun
hope against hope
: to hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment

Examples of hope in a Sentence

  1. No one knows yet if anyone survived the crash. At this point, we can only hope.

  2. I hope you're feeling better soon.

  3. That's what she hoped would happen.

  4. Let's hope that the strike ends soon.

  5. I hope I haven't bored you.

  6. Everyone in your family is well, I hope.

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Origin and Etymology of hope

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

Synonym Discussion of hope

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

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hope

noun

Definition of hope

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

Examples of hope in a Sentence

  1. When they started their life together, they were young and full of hope.

  2. Rescuers have not yet abandoned hope that more survivors will be found.

  3. The drug has brought hope to thousands of sufferers.

  4. We allowed ourselves to entertain hopes that the crisis would end soon.

  5. The goal raised the hopes of the team.

  6. The hope is that there will be a settlement soon.

  7. The lawyers do not want to raise false hopes of an early settlement.

  8. He told them the truth with the hope that they would understand.

  9. He had little hope of attending college.

  10. The latest reports hold out hope for a possible end to this crisis.

Recent Examples of hope from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hope

see 1hope


Hope

biographical name \ ˈhōp \

Definition of Hope

Anthony — see Sir Anthony Hope hawkins

Hope

biographical name

Definition of Hope

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

Hope

biographical name

Definition of Hope

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

Hope

geographical name

Definition of Hope

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

HOPE Defined for English Language Learners

hope

verb

Definition of hope for English Language Learners

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


hope

noun

Definition of hope for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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hope

verb \ ˈhōp \

Definition of hope for Students

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

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hope

noun

Definition of hope for Students

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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