hope

verb
\ 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

hope

noun

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

Hope

biographical name (1)
\ ˈhōp How to pronounce Hope (audio) \

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 How to pronounce lin-ˈlith-(ˌ)gō (audio)\ 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

For New Haven’s sake, let’s hope Zenger, who has leased a home on the water in Branford, is on board for the long haul no matter what. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: University of New Haven, new AD Zenger, partners on ambitious athletic road to Division I," 6 Sep. 2019 Let’s hope the trend sticks around, and especially that this particular one comes back often. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Unfiltered pilsner a quaffable win for Bauhaus Brew Labs," 20 Aug. 2019 These stories show how researchers and people at risk are working to reshape trajectories from hopelessness to hope, one life at a time. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "My younger sister died by suicide. Can science succeed in helping others?," 20 Aug. 2019 Astronomers hope that studying bursts that repeat their flashes, rather than just flare once, can help to elucidate the origins of FRBs. Elizabeth Gibney, Scientific American, "Astronomers Are Closer to Cracking the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts," 15 Aug. 2019 Investigators gather evidence, compare it against a suspect bank, and hope for a match. Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Message in a bottle: Forensics meets marine science with eDNA," 15 Aug. 2019 The effect is hard to measure directly with current technology, but researchers hope to find clever new ways to infer these rotation alignments. Quanta Magazine, "To Make Two Black Holes Collide, Try Three," 15 Aug. 2019 While the amount of trash already in the world’s seas remains a major environmental challenge, those involved in the recent research in Bali hope their findings will be a starting point for future action. NBC News, "Bali fights back as tons of floating plastic threaten to spoil once-pristine paradise," 25 Aug. 2019 Researchers hope the long, close encounter with the ice will also help them understand small-scale processes that may have an outsize impact, such as the growth of melt pools that darken the ice and absorb heat, hastening the melt. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "Arctic researchers will lock this ship in ice for a year to study the changing polar region," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Scotland have now lost four of their six qualifying games to date, leaving their hopes of making Euro 2020 hanging by a very thin thread. SI.com, "How Liverpool Players Got on During the September International Break," 11 Sep. 2019 His hope is that Ben’s Friends, which currently boasts chapters in eight cities, can help people find the courage to do that. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Sober and still cool: Celebrity chefs buck addiction to lead wellness movement," 11 Sep. 2019 This one may be worth a wait on lineups in hopes of a drop back to 10. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Washington Nationals at Minnesota Twins odds, picks and betting tips," 10 Sep. 2019 His older brother understood the dream but did not share his hope. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "James Gray’s Journey from the Outer Boroughs to Outer Space," 9 Sep. 2019 When Carrie strolls with her own brand of entitlement into an opportunity to rediscover herself, all her hopes for this pet project depend on Quint's indulgence. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Human Capital': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, the 49ers and Cardinals each pin their hopes for surprise playoff bids on the shoulders of potentially dynamic quarterbacks. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "NFC preview: Will new coaching staff propel Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay back to title chase?," 5 Sep. 2019 Our hope is that the MANRS Observatory will help drive greater participation. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "A project aims to help ISPs mind their routing security manners," 5 Sep. 2019 As Intel did at Computex, the chipmaker announced furture products in hopes of taking some wind out of its competitor’s sales. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel: Core i9-9900KS, Cascade Lake-X chips will ship in October," 4 Sep. 2019

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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 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

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 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.

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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