\ 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

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 Supporters hope the growing popularity of solar power and more attractive panel options could make the bill more palatable to legislators this session. Star Tribune, "Minnesota homeowners, solar groups back solar panel bill," 20 Feb. 2021 Organizers hope to collect 20,000 signatures by March 31. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Minneapolis debates police department reform in virtual hearing," 20 Feb. 2021 The new owners, meanwhile, hope to boost the bottled-water brands, which have seen slower sales growth in recent years. David Sharp And Dee-ann Durbin, chicagotribune.com, "Nestle selling bottled-water brands including Poland Spring, Deer Park, Arrowhead for $4.3B," 19 Feb. 2021 The developers hope to open the first of the new SoGood apartments next year. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "SoGood project would transform Dallas’ near south side," 19 Feb. 2021 Officials hope to reach the county's vulnerable populations through the partnership. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County forms new COVID-19 vaccine partnerships as demand exceeds supply," 19 Feb. 2021 The Reds hope Akiyama will feel more comfortable at the plate after his first MLB season. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds betting big on their offense bouncing back this season," 19 Feb. 2021 The Scripps researchers hope to get as many as 100,000 to download the app and help expand the study. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 detection: Could your Apple Watch or Fitbit help slow the coronavirus pandemic?," 19 Feb. 2021 After being forced to host football games without fans in the stands in 2020, University of Wisconsin officials hope to have at least some fans in Camp Randall Stadium in 2021. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW is planning to allow some fans to return to Camp Randall Stadium during the 2021 football season," 18 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To have any hope for a competitive 2021 season, the Steelers need Roethlisberger in more ways than one. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Despite noncommittal tone, Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves at Ben Roethlisberger's mercy," 22 Feb. 2021 The collection pulls from the hope for a near post-pandemic future when friends can again enjoy one another’s presence, boasting what can only be described as the ultimate resortwear. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "Designers At New York Fashion Week Look To A Future Of Togetherness For Day 2," 17 Feb. 2021 The Longhorns will have at least one vacant spot to fill with Cosmi’s departure, although the three freshmen who started in the Alamo Bowl showed hope for the line’s future. Dallas News, "Texas offensive line outlook for 2021: can a veteran line protect its inexperienced QB’s?," 17 Feb. 2021 The hope for a new era of freedom and democracy that surged across the region has been largely crushed. New York Times, "A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast," 14 Feb. 2021 For example, researchers have hope for mRNA cancer vaccines, which wouldn't prevent cancer but could help your body fight some forms. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DAVID BROOKS: The coming technology boom," 14 Feb. 2021 Birkeland and Burns have both expressed hope for a possible revival of the project. Teny Sahakian, Fox News, "South Dakota energy executive pleads for sit-down with Biden to discuss Keystone XL revival," 12 Feb. 2021 In 2017 and 2018, there was no Golden Gloves tournament in San Antonio, no trips to state or nationals for local boxers and seemingly no hope for the future of the tradition-rich event. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, "Fighting through pandemic, Golden Gloves set to go," 11 Feb. 2021 Recent success provided Russell and her team with a sense of hope for the company’s future. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area corporate dining didn't disappear. Caterers are now delivering the same lunches to employees at home," 5 Feb. 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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Last Updated

25 Feb 2021

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“Hope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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