\ ˈhōp How to pronounce hope (audio) \
hoped; hoping

Definition of hope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Tigers hope to take advantage of his speed on the bases. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2022 The Rockets certainly hope Garuba can have even a fraction of Green's impact on the defensive end. Rahat Huq, Chron, 16 May 2022 Some non-monogamous people hope that this will change in the future. Suzannah Weiss, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Sparks hope a rebuilt roster will give their fans something to cheer about. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 Producers hope to announce the film’s lead actor, the character who suffers from the false awakenings that lend the movie its title, during the festival. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 The Biden administration is also spending billions of dollars to develop the local economy and attract private-sector investment in the region, a step officials hope will help reduce migration to the U.S. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, 15 May 2022 The Tigers hope to improve on a 35-16 overall record and 15-11 in the Southeastern Conference. Nubyjas Wilborn | Nwilborn@al.com, al, 15 May 2022 Not just hope, but these texters have ideas for making change. cleveland, 14 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That will depend a lot of Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray, but at least there is some hope in Arizona after the team made the postseason for the first time since 2015 last season. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 There had been faint hope during a month-long search and rescue operation that the missing men might have reached the rescue chamber, which is stocked with food and water and located around 570 meters below ground. Reuters, CNN, 18 May 2022 Or at least that is the hope as the NCAA scrapped the requirement for FBS conferences to split into divisions. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 But there is hope now that much of this suffering can be alleviated. New York Times, 17 May 2022 Despite the slow start, there is hope the situation will fix itself as the season goes on and the weather warms up. Christian Richey, WSJ, 14 May 2022 There was hope that a class action lawsuit might force AT&T to rethink its charge. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 May 2022 But there is hope that fresh faces and formats can shake up the cable news landscape, developing the next generation of TV talent. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 This rural Black middle class was the hope of a generation. Dania Francis, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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\ 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.

Hope biographical name (1)

\ ˈhōp How to pronounce Hope (audio) \

Definition of Hope

 (Entry 1 of 4)

Anthony — see Sir Anthony Hope hawkins


biographical name (2)

Definition of Hope (Entry 2 of 4)

Bob 1903–2003 originally Leslie Townes Hope American (British-born) comedian


biographical name (3)

Definition of Hope (Entry 3 of 4)

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 4 of 4)

city in southwestern Arkansas that was the childhood home of President Bill Clinton population 10,095

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