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hope

[hohp] /hoʊp/
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, hoping.
6.
to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
7.
to believe, desire, or trust:
I hope that my work will be satisfactory.
verb (used without object), hoped, hoping.
8.
to feel that something desired may happen:
We hope for an early spring.
9.
Archaic. to place trust; rely (usually followed by in).
Idioms
10.
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
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English hopa; cognate with Dutch hoop, German Hoffe; (v.) Middle English hopen, Old English hopian
Related forms
hoper, noun
hopingly, adverb
self-hope, noun
unhoping, adjective
unhopingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. expectancy, longing. 8. See expect.
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  • "Here's hoping we'll soon be back in God's own country," said Oldaker, raising his glass.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I am hoping that some readers will look on this collection primarily as a book of poems.

  • With clouded brow he eagerly scanned the empty fields, hoping for help.

  • I know you said you wouldn't meet me, but I'm hoping you'll change your mind.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • He was looking up at the crowd, hoping to see his father and brother.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
British Dictionary definitions for hoping

hope

/həʊp/
noun
1.
(sometimes pl) a feeling of desire for something and confidence in the possibility of its fulfilment: his hope for peace was justified, their hopes were dashed
2.
a reasonable ground for this feeling: there is still hope
3.
a person or thing that gives cause for hope
4.
a thing, situation, or event that is desired: my hope is that prices will fall
5.
not a hope, some hope, used ironically to express little confidence that expectations will be fulfilled
verb
6.
(transitive; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to desire (something) with some possibility of fulfilment: we hope you can come, I hope to tell you
7.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to have a wish (for a future event, situation, etc)
8.
(transitive; takes a clause as object) to trust, expect, or believe: we hope that this is satisfactory
Derived Forms
hoper, noun
Word Origin
Old English hopa; related to Old Frisian hope, Dutch hoop, Middle High German hoffe

Hope

/həʊp/
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)
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Word Origin and History for hoping
n.

c.1300, verbal noun from hope (v.).

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.

hope

n.

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

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