- the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
- a particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning.
- grounds for this feeling in a particular instance: There is little or no hope of his recovery.
- a person or thing in which expectations are centered: The medicine was her last hope.
- something that is hoped for: Her forgiveness is my constant hope.
- to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
- to believe, desire, or trust: I hope that my work will be satisfactory.
- to feel that something desired may happen: We hope for an early spring.
- Archaic. to place trust; rely (usually followed by in).
- hope against hope, to continue to hope, although the outlook does not warrant it: We are hoping against hope for a change in her condition.
Origin of hope
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- Anthony, pen name of Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins.
- BobLeslie Townes Hope, 1903–2003, U.S. comedian, born in England.
- John,1868–1936, U.S. educator.
- a town in SW Arkansas.
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for hope
The hope was that greater transparency about performance would drive results.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
Speaking to a local radio station today Antonella Ramelli said the video gives her hope.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages
Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 2, 2015
“The closer we get to ‘16, the tougher it’s going to be, so I hope we start quickly,” he said.Can This Republican Bring the GOP Back to Its Senses on Immigration?
December 29, 2014
“We hope that the aircraft is found quickly, and we can find out the cause of what has happened,” he said.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
Now imagine that one day hope appeared, an unexpected opportunity to free yourself, to finally be yourself.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.
December 29, 2014
I will not punish your fault so severely as Alcibiades ventured to hope.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I hope I'll have the old Bines philosophy and the young Bines spirit.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
My hope is weak that I shall ever again see you, yet it is possible.Brave and Bold
“I hope he will yet give the mounseer a good shaking,” muttered Smallbones.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
In this case, I can only hope that in my experience it failed so to do.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
- (sometimes plural) a feeling of desire for something and confidence in the possibility of its fulfilmenthis hope for peace was justified; their hopes were dashed
- a reasonable ground for this feelingthere is still hope
- a person or thing that gives cause for hope
- a thing, situation, or event that is desiredmy hope is that prices will fall
- not a hope or some hope used ironically to express little confidence that expectations will be fulfilled
- (tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to desire (something) with some possibility of fulfilmentwe hope you can come; I hope to tell you
- (intr often foll by for) to have a wish (for a future event, situation, etc)
- (tr; takes a clause as object) to trust, expect, or believewe hope that this is satisfactory
- Anthony, real name Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins. 1863–1933, English novelist; author of The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
- Bob, real name Leslie Townes Hope. 1903–2003, US comedian and comic actor, born in England. His films include The Cat and the Canary (1939), Road to Morocco (1942), and The Paleface (1947). He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 1998
- David (Michael). Baron. born 1940, British churchman, Archbishop of York (1995–2005)
Word Origin and History for hope
Old English hopian "wish, expect, look forward (to something)," of unknown origin, a general North Sea Germanic word (cf. Old Frisian hopia, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch hopen; Middle High German hoffen "to hope," borrowed from Low German). Some suggest a connection with hop (v.) on the notion of "leaping in expectation" [Klein]. Related: Hoped; hoping.
Old English hopa, from hope (v.). Cf. Old Frisian and Middle Dutch hope, Dutch hoop, all from their respective verbs.