\ 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 Let’s all hope this is one instance where that doesn’t happen. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 27 July 2022 What do you guys hope your fans would take away from this album? Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, 27 July 2022 The carmaker must build in the hardware, without charging the customer for it, and then hope that a large percentage of car buyers will pay extra for hardware activation. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2022 The midterm elections will take place on Nov. 8, when Republicans hope to flip the House and take back the majority. Aubrie Spady, Fox News, 27 July 2022 There is a buzz surrounding Minnesota due to a change in offensive coordinators that its fans hope will spice up the offense. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2022 Canada’s Catholic Church says its dioceses and religious orders have provided more than $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions, and hope to add $30 million more over the next five years. Nicole Winfield, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 Canada’s Catholic Church says its dioceses and religious orders have provided more than $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions, and hope to add $30 million more over the next five years. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 July 2022 Canada’s Catholic Church says its dioceses and religious orders have provided more than $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions and hope to add $30 million more over the next five years. Nicole Winfield And Peter Smith, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each girl will encounter her own perhaps-not-immutable destiny, leading variously to disappointment, hope, confusion, conflict, collaboration and some comedy. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 At the same time, others say, the world should not lose sight of the hope the deal offers, not just for easing the global food crisis, but potentially for encouraging more diplomatic breakthroughs in the five-month-old war. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 July 2022 From consistent airline cancelations, overcrowded airports and an almost guarantee your luggage won’t arrive with you, getting on a flight overseas requires a hope, prayer and loads of patience. Cori Murray, Essence, 26 July 2022 Many cultures attach deep spiritual meaning to butterflies that center on transformation, hope, comfort and joy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 We meta-originalists hope that politicians, legal scholars, and the peasantry take these words to heart. Dennard Dayle, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 Kim was the last person connecting Jimmy to some hope — a legitimate, straightforward connection that's balanced to the world, to life, to other people. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 19 July 2022 The two hope to launch the first commercial mission to Mars as early as 2024. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 19 July 2022 The Red Sox hope for good news as lefty Chris Sale heads to see a specialist in Boston about the broken pinkie finger on his pitching hand. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 18 July 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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More Definitions for hope


\ 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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