\ 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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Other Words from hope


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 Ultimately, scientists hope the project will help us understand the composition of different solar systems, uncover mysteries about potentially habitable worlds, and unlock secrets about life elsewhere in the universe. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Satellite Discovers 'Second Earth'," 8 Jan. 2020 Their discography as a whole is genre-fluid, and the members hope that’s something each release of theirs can see in the future. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "WayV Hope to Bring their Vision & Music to the World in the New Decade," 23 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, Esther’s own ultimate success, and the virtues of patience and hope that her story illuminates, remain with him. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Jealousy at Ivy League level: How a law professor views Tenth Commandment," 23 Dec. 2019 But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme. John Gallagher, Freep.com, "Departing Free Press columnist John Gallagher pens open letter to Detroiters," 19 Dec. 2019 Still, Salmon and others hope that the official response to the Guide spill will have a chilling effect on industries seeking to cut corners. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "113 tons of dead fish: Indiana's worst environmental disaster, 20 years later," 19 Dec. 2019 Regardless of how much heat comes down to turbulence, researchers hope to further study filaments for their role in tying the whole galactic cycle together. Quanta Magazine, "Astronomers Find Black Holes Stirring Up the Biggest Galaxies," 12 Dec. 2019 With Bergeron back in the lineup, the Bruins will hope to contain Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals odds, picks and best bets," 11 Dec. 2019 But at that counter the night before, on Thanksgiving, there was something closer to hope. Washington Post, "An independent bookstore owner is facing the last chapter of his beloved business," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pinning so much hope on the deal with China seems shortsighted. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Economic Recovery Doesn’t Hang on Trump’s Trade Deal," 16 Jan. 2020 The Portland Trail Blazers opened the season with high hopes back in October, but the team hasn’t come close to living up to expectations over the last three months. Jamie Goldberg | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers midseason awards: Damian Lillard continues to lead the way, Hassan Whiteside proves to be key acquisition," 15 Jan. 2020 Ito’s Media Lab accepted $525,000 from Epstein, with the hope for millions of dollars more. BostonGlobe.com, "After Epstein affair, president Rafael Reif should not be running MIT," 12 Jan. 2020 An Indianapolis defense that began the season with high hopes ended up taking a step back. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "What went wrong for the Colts defense this season, and where they need to improve," 7 Jan. 2020 By August, the hype will build and many Michigan fans will be riled up again, filled with false hope. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football needs to rewrite fight song to reflect reality: No longer champions," 3 Jan. 2020 Last month, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital started a GoFundMe page with hopes of raising $25,000 to help treat koalas who had been rescued from the wildfires. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Father and Son Found Dead as Brush Fires Spread in Australia: It's 'Very Tragic'," 1 Jan. 2020 Rather, our position has always been to partner with community service providers to help us help those faced with homelessness with hope to improve their quality of life. Tara Law, Time, "Mobile, Alabama Police Chief Apologizes After Officers' 'Homeless Quilt' Goes Viral," 31 Dec. 2019 The same number of captive pairs will be bred with the hopes that some of those pups can be fostered in wild dens. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Competing interests leave Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts at a crossroads," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for hope

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

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hope.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoped. Accessed 20 January 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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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