[ hohp ]
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  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.

  1. grounds for this feeling in a particular instance: There is little or no hope of his recovery.

  2. a person or thing in which expectations are centered: The medicine was her last hope.

  3. 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 about hope

  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

First recorded before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English hopa; cognate with Dutch hoop, German Hoffe; (verb) Middle English hopen, Old English hopian

Other words for hope

Other words from hope

  • hop·er, noun
  • hop·ing·ly, adverb
  • self-hope, noun
  • un·hop·ing, adjective
  • un·hop·ing·ly, adverb

Other definitions for Hope (2 of 2)

[ hohp ]

  1. Anthony, pen name of Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins.

  2. Bob Leslie Townes Hope, 1903–2003, U.S. comedian, born in England.

  1. John, 1868–1936, U.S. educator.

  2. a town in SW Arkansas.

  3. a female given name.

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How to use hope in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hope (1 of 2)


/ (həʊp) /

  1. (sometimes plural) 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

  1. a person or thing that gives cause for hope

  2. a thing, situation, or event that is desired: my hope is that prices will fall

  3. not a hope or some hope used ironically to express little confidence that expectations will be fulfilled

  1. (tr; 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

  2. (intr often foll by for) to have a wish (for a future event, situation, etc)

  1. (tr; takes a clause as object) to trust, expect, or believe: we hope that this is satisfactory

Origin of hope

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

Derived forms of hope

  • hoper, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Hope (2 of 2)


/ (həʊp) /

  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

  1. David (Michael). Baron. born 1940, British churchman, Archbishop of York (1995–2005)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with hope


In addition to the idioms beginning with hope

  • hope against hope
  • hope springs eternal

also see:

  • great white hope
  • in hopes of
  • live in (hope of)
  • not a hope in hell
  • pin one's hopes on
  • while there's life, there's hope

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