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
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
The girls hope this support continues, said Heather Buescher, Isabel’s mom.
Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2022 This partnership and influx of younger members at Union Chapel United Methodist Church has given it hope for a bright future.
Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 25 Nov. 2022 Sometimes the same image that inspires hope for some provokes despair in others.Time, 23 Nov. 2022 Because no matter how dark things seem, there is always reason to hope.CNN, 20 Nov. 2022 Some of the families hope to unite with relatives or friends in other locations, Gym said.
Maryclaire Dale, Chron, 16 Nov. 2022 Some of the families hope to unite with relatives or friends in other locations, Gym said.CBS News, 16 Nov. 2022 But even with these fresh efforts, America and the world have a long way to go to meet emissions targets that scientists hope will contain global warming.
Chris Megerian, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2022 But even with these fresh efforts, America and the world have a long way to go to meet emissions targets that scientists hope will contain global warming.
Zeke Miller And, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2022
And yet, even with the frost and the discomforts, there is also hope in the air.
John Leicester, ajc, 27 Nov. 2022 For now, all Indiana can do is hope for the best — and get the heck out of Vegas.
Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Nov. 2022 Alec Pierce actually paced Indianapolis with eight targets — there may be hope for the rookie after all — but only produced three receptions for 28 yards.San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 This was potentially the hope of Shen’s anonymous seller when promoting a hybrid version of a T. rex as a fully authentic skeleton.
Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022 To have any hope of making good on it, the President needed to get legislation through Congress.
Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 The Rams have hope until they are eliminated from the playoffs.
Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 McDaniels had better hope that Raiders owner Mark Davis is a patient man.
Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Nov. 2022 Any fan who had hope for a positive outcome would have been on an emotional rollercoaster, especially a fan harboring playoff hopes.
Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 7 Nov. 2022 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English, from Old English hopian; akin to Middle High German hoffen to hope