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hope

[hohp]
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noun
  1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
  2. a particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning.
  3. grounds for this feeling in a particular instance: There is little or no hope of his recovery.
  4. a person or thing in which expectations are centered: The medicine was her last hope.
  5. something that is hoped for: Her forgiveness is my constant hope.
verb (used with object), hoped, hop·ing.
  1. to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
  2. to believe, desire, or trust: I hope that my work will be satisfactory.
verb (used without object), hoped, hop·ing.
  1. to feel that something desired may happen: We hope for an early spring.
  2. Archaic. to place trust; rely (usually followed by in).
Idioms
  1. 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

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English hopa; cognate with Dutch hoop, German Hoffe; (v.) Middle English hopen, Old English hopian
Related formshop·er, nounhop·ing·ly, adverbself-hope, nounun·hop·ing, adjectiveun·hop·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. expectancy, longing. 8. See expect.

Hope

[hohp]
noun
  1. Anthony, pen name of Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins.
  2. BobLeslie Townes Hope, 1903–2003, U.S. comedian, born in England.
  3. John,1868–1936, U.S. educator.
  4. a town in SW Arkansas.
  5. a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for hope

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Horatio Alger

  • “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


British Dictionary definitions for hope

hope

noun
  1. (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
  2. a reasonable ground for this feelingthere is still hope
  3. a person or thing that gives cause for hope
  4. a thing, situation, or event that is desiredmy hope is that prices will fall
  5. not a hope or some hope used ironically to express little confidence that expectations will be fulfilled
verb
  1. (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
  2. (intr often foll by for) to have a wish (for a future event, situation, etc)
  3. (tr; takes a clause as object) to trust, expect, or believewe hope that this is satisfactory
Derived Formshoper, noun

Word Origin

Old English hopa; related to Old Frisian hope, Dutch hoop, Middle High German hoffe

Hope

noun
  1. Anthony, real name Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins. 1863–1933, English novelist; author of The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
  2. 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
  3. David (Michael). Baron. born 1940, British churchman, Archbishop of York (1995–2005)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hope

v.

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.

n.

Old English hopa, from hope (v.). Cf. Old Frisian and Middle Dutch hope, Dutch hoop, all from their respective verbs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hope

hope

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