\ 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)

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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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

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 Martinez’s Nationals won the 2019 World Series championship with a veteran roster and hope to defend their title with a similarly salty group. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB teams set to police themselves, but one person can 'take down the whole thing'," 4 July 2020 Garland ISD and Grand Prairie ISD are also shut down and hope to resume July 13. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "UIL urges schools to consider halting summer workouts from Friday through July 12," 2 July 2020 Indiana residents can receive up to 50 percent off more than 30 hotels, a lure that officials hope will attract Hoosiers and boost other businesses. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "'We need to feel safe': Downtown businesses plead for more than new marketing campaign," 2 July 2020 The findings show that these exploratory techniques are useful in detecting underwater archaeological sites, said the authors, who hope they can be used to systematically recover and investigate ancient artifacts. Jack Guy, CNN, "Archaeologists find ancient Aboriginal sites underwater, off the coast of Australia," 1 July 2020 Tribal officials plan to create internships and movie training programs for Tesuque Pueblo members and hope that the studio will foster a new storytelling movement, Eyer said. Washington Post, "New Mexico tribe transforms old casino into movie studio," 30 June 2020 Pompeo’s latest statement hints at more punitive measures to come—a move that some Hong Kong protesters hope will make Beijing pay for its crackdown on the city. Mary Hui, Quartz, "China’s national security law for Hong Kong covers everyone on Earth," 30 June 2020 Just because there’s a pandemic going on, doesn’t mean that all hope for summer travel is lost. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Explore These 8 Destinations With Your Family This Summer," 29 June 2020 Martin supports the tribe’s wishes and hope visitors follow the requests. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Havasu falls are off limits to river rafters during COVID lockdown, Havasupai Tribe says," 27 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hope, some have said, is that the car will produce better racing across the calendar, including at IMS. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Xfinity Series delivers thriller in IMS road course debut; will Brickyard make switch?," 5 July 2020 The hope is that if the amount of viral material in wastewater can be quantified, that information can be shared with health workers who are looking for hot spots. Fox News, "New York City may test sewage for coronavirus: report," 2 July 2020 The hope of those in favor of more antitrust enforcement was that the memo wouldn’t discuss the potential efficiency of vertical mergers. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Antitrust Enforcers Update Approach to Vertical Mergers," 1 July 2020 The hope is if the Great Red Snapper Count finds more fish, then that will equate into more weight in the total allocation and more season days. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Red snapper: A conservation success story," 27 June 2020 The hope is to start renovating the store fronts that face Detroit Avenue and open those by October, while taking longer to redo the performance spaces. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Lakewood’s Phantasy concert venue to be crown jewel of LGBTQ entertainment complex," 26 June 2020 The hope is that the moves will put the Blazers in a better position for whatever awaits when the thereat of the coronavirus disappears. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers issue layoffs, salary reductions amid coronavirus pandemic," 24 June 2020 The hope is to find light waves also caused by the event. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Gravitational waves reveal merger between black hole and mystery 'mass gap' object," 23 June 2020 The hope is that cruise lines will soon work out post-pandemic health and safety protocols with the CDC—which currently has a no-sail order barring large ships from sailing until September 15, and has not yet set any rules for a restart of sailings. Fran Golden, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tourism-Reliant Cruise Ports Face a Tough Summer Ahead," 22 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce Hope (audio)

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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