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hoped; hoping

intransitive verb

: 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.
archaic : trust

transitive verb

: to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment
I hope she remembers.
hopes to be invited
: to expect with confidence : trust
Your mother is doing well, I hope.
hoper noun


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: 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
: someone or something on which hopes are centered
our only hope for victory
: something desired or hoped for
great hopes for the coming year
archaic : trust, reliance
hope against hope
: to hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment
Choose the Right Synonym for hope

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
Not just for Google Photos Google Photos is currently the only cloud media platform supported in the photo picker, but Google hopes to see uptake from other apps and services. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Now, as her children navigate adulthood, Harden hopes the world will appreciate them and their talent. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 Over the years, many Russians hoped that Navalnaya might step in to become an alternative leading figure in the opposition. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 17 Feb. 2024 The Royals hope Schreiber can return to his 2022 form. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 17 Feb. 2024 After earlier hoping the Fed may offer some relief and begin cutting rates in March, the thinking on Wall Street is now that won’t happen until May or maybe June. Stan Choe, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 The industry also hopes for a film shoot incentive for the entire country, now only offered by Rio and São Paulo. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 The French authorities hope that other Western allies will help pay for the rest. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The Heat’s decision to acquire Terry Rozier seemingly boosts Miami’s postseason hopes but also leaves the team positioned to remain above the luxury tax line next season and likely restricts its ability to re-sign impending free agent Caleb Martin. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024
The Trojans remain in 11th place in the conference standings, trying only to build momentum for next month’s conference tournament in hopes of stealing an NCAA tournament bid with an unlikely championship run. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 However, the Razorbacks batted around in the bottom of the inning to score six runs and end James Madison's upset hopes. Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 18 Feb. 2024 Despite the evidence, photographs, films, and museums dedicated to ensuring people never forget the horrific atrocities that took place during the Holocaust, there are still those who intentionally circulate falsities on social media outlets in the hopes of intentionally misleading people. Tyler Gildin, Parents, 17 Feb. 2024 By balancing the light of Hilde Coppi’s life with the darkness of its end, Dresen finds hope and humanity in the midst of the horror. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 The sudden intrigue shocked Delta pilots like Ferguson, who recently told Fortune that while he’s always had a stack of cards on hand in hopes a passenger might pop the top-secret question, the amount of requests he’s received in recent weeks has skyrocketed. Rachel Ventresca, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 In his first single since his chart-topping fourth studio album A Gift & a Curse, Gunna lays his latest hopes and fears bare. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 During publicity interviews, the cast and crew leaned into the story’s theme of hope, without emphasizing freedom, said Yao Yi, the show’s producer, knowing the latter could be considered sensitive. Claire Fu, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Mental illness and the loss of hope leads some to take desperate measures to end their lives. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
hoped; hoping
: to desire something and expect that it will happen or be obtained
hope to succeed
hope you'll accept the invitation
hope for a bicycle


2 of 2 noun
archaic : trust entry 1 sense 1a, reliance
our hope is in the king
: desire accompanied by expectation of fulfillment
in hope of an early recovery
: someone or something on which hopes are centered
a home run was the only hope for victory
: something hoped for

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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

Biographical Definition

Hope 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Anthony see Sir Anthony Hope hawkins


2 of 3

biographical name (2)

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


3 of 3

biographical name (3)

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)

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