- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for hoped
They had hoped the autopsy would show Brinsley had eaten something that would point them in the right direction.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
He hoped also to be a chaplain through his local church, and he was nearing the end of his formal training.
Liu had just gotten married two months before and hoped to start a family right away.
She hoped the church, which reinforced her views, would be a good environment for him, he explained.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
And then we planned (or hoped) to make that back in ticket sales.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
And he had hoped so cheerfully all the time to do something.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
“We hoped to receive counsel from our uncle at Hyde,” added Ambrose.
His uncle appeared at the door just as he had hoped Perronel was ready.
His forte was not in public speaking, but he hoped they would take the will for the deed.Explorations in Australia
It is only to be hoped that they will never have the opportunity.
- (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 hoped
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.