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)

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

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

In 2012 the board signed a $2.5 billion contract to purchase 775 rail cars from Bombardier, and BART officials hope to award a train control system contract in December. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Crusade for riders or risky gambit? BART director pushes to delay fare increase," 4 June 2019 The Browns feel the same way, and hope to get some good news soon. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Gerald McCoy’s goal is to sign early this week; Browns still in the running on the eve of minicamp," 3 June 2019 The scientists hope to learn about the effects of long-term zero-gravity life to help future astronauts stay safe and healthy on extended journeys into space. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "NASA Wants to Pay You to Stay in Bed All Day," 29 Mar. 2019 One thing that companies hope will happen — but hasn’t yet — is that people will start using their voice assistants to effortlessly buy all kinds of stuff. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Unlike their home, both Denise and Jason love the look of boldness through color, and hope that their own personal styles can be appropriately reflected in their new space. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Watch the Drabbest Rooms Become Fab on Best Room Wins Episode Three," 16 May 2019 The Polymath Park owners hope the new site will, despite the lack of original context for the home, offer the same experience provided by the rest of the resort. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A Frank Lloyd Wright resort in Pennsylvania adds a new home," 3 May 2019 Let’s hope the two sides find a way to compromise—without any beer getting hurt in the process. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Trappist Monks Are Fighting to Save the Water in Their Sacred Beer," 2 May 2019 Let’s hope for more, but in the meantime- thank you for an unforgettable 22 episodes as Mandy Baxter. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Molly McCook Pens a Candid Letter About Her Time on the Show," 23 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The girl, naive but serious, had gone to Iowa in hopes of finding a kind of creative freedom that she hadn’t experienced at home. Harmonyholiday, Longreads, "Mama Looks for Melanin," 6 June 2019 Their mothers say their children’s arrival brought hope and the reminder that even in the toughest of times, love can prevail. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "As children born in the year of 9/11 come of age, their parents describe efforts to create a better world," 5 June 2019 RB Leipzig reached their first DfB-Pokal final: Bayern crushed their hopes and dreams at the Olympic Stadium with a 3-0 win. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Power Rankings: End of Season Review," 5 June 2019 There is room for hope: Intensive chemotherapy can result in long-term survival for more than half the people with the cancer, the site says. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Eastern Hancock coach battling cancer, 'fastest-growing human tumor' that exists," 5 June 2019 One of the things the league and participating schools hope is that the widespread sell of alcohol during games cuts down on binge drinking during tailgates prior to kickoff — and fans sneaking the goods through the gates. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "Texas A&M treading carefully on whether to sell alcohol at sports events," 5 June 2019 Unfortunately, some people will target profile or wealthy public figures in the hope of getting an easy payday. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Woman sues boxer Adrien Broner over Cleveland nightclub assault," 4 June 2019 The latest violence means there is even less hope for compromise. The Economist, "Sudan’s generals turn their guns against protesters," 3 June 2019 Patrick Zachmann / Magnum Photos To stroll through Tiananmen Square that soft spring day in mid-May 1989 was to experience an atmosphere of excitement, hope and optimism unparalleled in recent Chinese history. Orville Schell, WSJ, "Tiananmen: The Crackdown That Defined Modern China," 31 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hope.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 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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The first known use of hope was before the 12th century

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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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