Hope definition

hōp
To desire and consider possible.

I hope that you will join us for dinner. We hope to buy a house in the spring.

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A source of or reason for such longing or desire.

Good pitching is the team's only hope for victory.

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(archaic) To have confidence; trust.
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To wish for a particular event that one considers possible.

We are hoping for more financial support.

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A feeling that what is wanted may happen; desire accompanied by expectation.
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To have hope; want and expect.

I hope to be there by 5:00

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(archaic) Trust; reliance.
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A person or thing on which one may base some hope.
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(christianity) The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God's help.
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The thing that one has a hope for.
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(archaic) To trust or rely.
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To have hope (for)
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(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.

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To be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.
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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.

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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.

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Bible, Psalms xlii. 11

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God.

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A reason for hope.
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To want very much.

I hope that your sick dog will recover.

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(person) (born Leslie Townes Hope) 1903-2003; U.S. comedian & actor, born in England.
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(archaic) Trust; confidence.
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An English and Scottish topographic surname​ for someone who lived in a hop, a small enclosed valley.
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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.

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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.

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An instance of such longing or desire.

Her hopes of becoming a doctor have not changed.

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(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.

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A town in Arkansas.
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(Christianity) The virtuous desire for future good.
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(Scotland) A small bay; an inlet; a haven.

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A female given name from the virtue, like Faith and Charity first used by Puritans.
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(person, proper) A feminine name.
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(countable) The actual thing wished for.
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A town in British Columbia.
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See Hackers on Planet Earth.
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A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
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hope against hope
  • To hope with little reason or justification.
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hope against hope
  • to continue having hope though it seems baseless
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hope
Plural:
hopes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hope

  • Middle English hopen from Old English hopian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English hopen, from Old English hopian.

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare Icelandic word for a small bay or inlet.

    From Wiktionary