- The definition of hope is a feeling of optimism or a desire that something will happen.
An example of hope is when a person believes his life situation will approve and his run of back luck will end.
- Hope is defined as the action of wishing or desiring that something will occur.
An example of hope is when you wish for a victory by your team.
- [often pl.] a feeling that what is wanted may happen; desire accompanied by expectation: often used in the phrase in (the) hope (or hopes) of, with such a feeling or desire
- the thing that one has a hope for
- a reason for hope
- a person or thing on which one may base some hope
- Archaic trust; reliance
Origin of hopeMiddle English from Old English hopa, akin to Dutch hoop; see the verb
transitive verbhoped, hop′ing
- to have hope; want and expect: I hope to be there by 5:00
- to want very much: I hope that your sick dog will recover
Origin of hopeME hopen < OE hopian, to expect, look for, akin to Ger hoffen < ? same IE base as hop: orig. sense (?) “to leap up in expectation”
- to have hope (for)
- Archaic to trust or rely
hope against hope
Origin of Hopefrom hope a feminine name
verbhoped, hop·ing, hopes
- To wish for a particular event that one considers possible: We are hoping for more financial support.
- Archaic To have confidence; trust.
- a. The longing or desire for something accompanied by the belief in the possibility of its occurrence: He took singing lessons in the hope of performing in the musical.b. An instance of such longing or desire: Her hopes of becoming a doctor have not changed.
- A source of or reason for such longing or desire: Good pitching is the team's only hope for victory.
- often Hope Christianity The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God's help.
- Archaic Trust; confidence.
Origin of hopeMiddle English hopen from Old English hopian
(countable and uncountable, plural hopes)
- (uncountable) The belief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen.
- I still have some hope that I can get to work on time.
- After losing my job, there's no hope of being able to afford my world cruise.
- There is still hope that we can find our missing cat.
- (countable) The actual thing wished for.
- (countable) A person or thing that is a source of hope.
- We still have one hope left: my roommate might see the note I left on the table.
- (Christianity) The virtuous desire for future good.
From Middle English hope, from Old English hopa (“hope, expectation”), from Proto-Germanic *hupǭ, *hupō (“hope”), from Proto-Germanic *hupōną (“to hope”), from Proto-Indo-European *kēwp-, *kwēp- (“to smoke, boil”). Cognate with West Frisian hope (“hope”), Dutch hoop (“hope”), Middle High German hoffe (“hope”), German hoffen (“hope”), Swedish hopp (“hope”). Extra-Germanic cognates include Latin cupio (“I desire, crave”), Albanian ngop (“I'm satisfied, sated”) and gopë (“greedy, voracious”).
(third-person singular simple present hopes, present participle hoping, simple past and past participle hoped)
- To want something to happen, with a sense of expectation that it might.
- I hope everyone enjoyed the meal.
- I am still hoping that all will turn out well.
- To be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.
- Bible, Psalms xlii. 11
- Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
From Middle English hopen, from Old English hopian.
- A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
- (Scotland) A small bay; an inlet; a haven.
Compare Icelandic word for a small bay or inlet.
hope - Computer Definition
See Hackers on Planet Earth.