hope

verb
\ˈhōp \
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 \

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 \ 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

He and Teachey hope to make that additional observation with Hubble. Mike Wall, Space.com, "First Exomoon Found? Neptune-Sized World Possibly Spotted Orbiting Alien Planet," 3 Oct. 2018 After today, comic book fans of all stripes hope to see at least one more famed Lee cameo in a superhero film, depending on what productions have wrapped. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Legendary Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has died," 12 Nov. 2018 Now let’s hope Microsoft can get the game back on-sale again. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Katamari Damacy finally rolls onto PCs, Tencent's snowboarding battle royale," 14 Sep. 2018 Organizers hope to buy a Bob Ross cardboard cutout so people can have their picture taken with the icon. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 City officials hope the changes will be more convenient and accommodating for resident’s work and vacation schedules. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Snellville approves new rules for curbside waste collection," 13 July 2018 Yarmush and his team hope portable versions of the device could be useful for EMTs or army medics. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "A Robot May One Day Draw Your Blood," 13 July 2018 But there’s also hope for Trump: Only 20 percent of respondents thought Obama was the best or second-best president when Pew conducted a similar survey in 2011, during Obama’s first term. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Americans were asked to name the best president of their lifetime, and Obama won," 11 July 2018 There is still hope for passengers looking for more room, though. Cailey Rizzo, Fox News, "FAA declines regulation of minimum airplane seat size," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bork was also largely untroubled by the dangers of predation—pricing products at below marginal cost in the short-run with the hope of recouping gains once local rivals are driven out of the market. Richard A. Epstein, WSJ, "‘The Curse of Bigness’ Review: Revisiting the Gilded Age," 2 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, at least 3,000 people have arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, across the border from San Diego, California, with hopes of requesting asylum at a port of entry there. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "US to appeal judge’s order barring asylum restrictions," 28 Nov. 2018 When scientists made the link between amyloid and Alzheimer’s in the 1980s, drugmakers jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of inventing a trillion-dollar drug for a progressive and fatal disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The company is making up for that deficit by doubling down on loading other devices with Alexa in the hope of cornering the smart home and auto markets. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 The Modern Homes program, as the home kit division was called, simply took that philosophy to its conclusion, with the hope that anyone building a brand-new Sears house would furnish it with brand-new Sears goods. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 2018 Penny personally attacks him and removes his own tattoo as payback, with the hope of killing him. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 And that’s her point: The in-between is messy and sad, but also filled with hope. Christine Kopaczewski, Good Housekeeping, "Sandra Lee Gives Us a Deeper Look at Her Breast Cancer Battle in a New HBO Documentary," 8 Oct. 2018 Currently, the state of California mandates that at least 33 percent of the hydrogen that goes into vehicles has to come from renewable sources, with the hope of eventually marching toward 100 percent renewable energy. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Where Are All the Hydrogen Cars?," 10 Aug. 2018

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

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

Noun

see hope entry 1

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More Definitions for hope

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 \
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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