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

But northern white rhinos may get a second chance: Researchers hope to use modified in vitro fertilization to resurrect the subspecies. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Discover's Images of the Year 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 Gibbons and McLean hope to end the year with four to six buyers in new homes, and plan to scale up the process next year. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a Midwest startup generator bursts the Bay Area tech bubble and solves real problems," 12 Dec. 2018 Fischer, Bela, and the many researchers working with them all hope that their data will lead to a more nuanced view of wildfires and the smoke that billows out of them. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Scientists fly through plumes of wildfire smoke to unravel its mysteries," 21 Nov. 2018 Let’s hope our D-line can find some momentum and be quick to put the pressure on Dak Prescott to force some early turnovers. The Seattle Times, "Pick 'Em," 28 Oct. 2018 Let’s hope Rockwell and Williams’s onscreen chemistry is as good as the real thing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Michelle Williams' New TV Show Fosse/Verdon," 16 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Our hope was to create pieces that can be seen as sculptures when the wearer is not present. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Khaore’s New Jute Bags Were Inspired by Forms Found Inside the Noguchi Museum," 13 Dec. 2018 My hope is to continue to be clever about this and to continue to show myself and to learn. Yolanda Machado, Marie Claire, "How Brie Larson Channels Captain Marvel Even When the Cameras Are Off," 4 Dec. 2018 The impact that Ralph Lauren has had on our very psyche, on our hopes and dreams, is immeasurable. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Celebrating Ralph Lauren’s Legacy at the Iconic Double RL Ranch in Colorado," 10 Oct. 2018 My hope is that this will inspire others in fashion to experiment with new, more inclusive—indeed expansive—ways of making as well. Mickalene Thomas, Harper's BAZAAR, "Artist Mickalene Thomas Opens Up About the Importance of Diverse Bodies In Her Work," 3 Oct. 2018 But perhaps there’s hope for Shadow of War ($60 on Humble) yet. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Middle Earth: Shadow of War strips out loot boxes and reworks its end-game," 17 July 2018 Netflix is also releasing this film in theaters, so clearly the company has big hopes for its success. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: True Detective, Once Upon a Deadpool, Godzilla, and more," 15 Dec. 2018 India’s stock moves, after a short-lived initial selloff, come down to hopes for a short-term boost to the economy. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Indian Stocks Surge as Investors Bet Central-Bank Independence Is Overrated," 13 Dec. 2018 Alongside Barbara, his beloved wife of 73 years, Bush dispensed words of wisdom long beyond his tenure in public service, inspiring many with his faith and hope for a better tomorrow. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "11 Inspirational Quotes from George H.W. Bush," 30 Nov. 2018

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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 and Noun

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

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Time Traveler for hope

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

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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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