\ ˈhōp How to pronounce hope (audio) \
hoped; hoping

Essential Meaning of hope

: to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true No one knows yet if anyone survived the crash. At this point, we can only hope. "Will you be able to come to the party?" "I hope so." [=I want to go to the party but am not sure that I will be able to] See More Examples"Will you have to miss the party?" "I hope not." [=I do not want to miss the party] She hoped that she would be invited to the party. = She hoped to receive an invitation to the party. We all hope (that) things will be better soon. = We're all hoping (that) things will be better soon. They hope to succeed. I hope (that) she remembers. I hope you're feeling better soon. That's what she hoped would happen. It is (to be) hoped that the strike will end soon. Let's hope that the strike ends soon. I hope I haven't bored you. Everyone in your family is well, I hope.Hide

Full Definition of hope

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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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Other Words from hope


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 For the Berklee Two Track series, the Bookmatch duo hope their performance will compel audience members to listen to their music as well as help ground them in the present, tying in with the theme of connection. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2021 County health officials hope school case counts will become more current next week with a new digital verification system for test results, Rupp said. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 Now that members are back in person, Democratic leaders hope that the differences can be bridged. Manu Raju And Lauren Fox, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 School officials hope that the company that operates yellow buses for Portland schools, Student First, is able to hire 50 new drivers to alleviate the shortage. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2021 But now, at the start of Harrell’s third season with the Trojans, USC must hope a healthy dose of 12 personnel is enough to help get its offense going. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 But public health officials hope that the rest of this year will be different because the city has invested $13.2 million and introduced several new initiatives to address this problem. Yoohyun Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 Party leaders hope that candidate is former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat who in 2018 raised $80 million and came within 2.6 percentage points of beating incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2021 Now, with this long-overdue trial, survivors hope McCarrick's plunge from grace will inspire silent victims to speak out. CBS News, 3 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His own spot is the leadership seat; Arceneaux’s is hope, Sembroski’s is generosity and Proctor’s is prosperity. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 16 Sep. 2021 There was a hope the top budget committee would veto the plan. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 There's hope, and data, that are on the side of players like McCartney who were drafted late and dream of NHL careers. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 14 Sep. 2021 There was hope, briefly, that Weeks could relocate the museum to a new location in Palm Springs. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 Remove him while there is still hope in a season that has 10 remaining games and lingering Rose Bowl dreams. Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 However, the Tigers finally appear to have hope, some light at the end of a very long rebuilding tunnel. John Perrotto, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 In his view, there's still hope that the movie will be approved. Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 So in the eyes of a veteran barbecue critic, does mock meat have no hope? Washington Post, 2 Sep. 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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The first known use of hope was before the 12th century

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17 Sep 2021

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“Hope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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\ 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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