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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.
  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).
  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 for hope

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Related Words for hoping

expecting, trusting, assuming, anticipating

Examples from the Web for hoping

Contemporary Examples of hoping

Historical Examples of hoping

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for hoping


  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
  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 for hope

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


  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

c.1300, verbal noun from 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.



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 hoping


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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