(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.
- A female given name from the virtue, like Faith and Charity first used by Puritans.
- An English and Scottish topographic surname for someone who lived in a hop, a small enclosed valley.
- A town in Arkansas
- A town in British Columbia