Definition of hope in English:

hope

noun

  • 1A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

    ‘he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information’
    ‘I had high hopes of making the Olympic team’
    • ‘How wrong they were, when their only son had gone missing as a baby and never been found, they had given up hope and believed him dead.’
    • ‘This time there was hope and expectation, and a certain symbolism.’
    • ‘But the Council has revealed its hopes to put in safety measures have been put back.’
    • ‘Like many men since time immemorial, he is living more in hope than expectation.’
    • ‘But many relatives of those trapped aboard the Kursk arrived with a defiant hope that their boys would be saved.’
    • ‘We are asking Graham Thorpe, more in hope than expectation, to come back and make an impact first time out.’
    • ‘Holistic treatments may offer slender hope to patients, but they seem to prefer hopes to drugs and surgery.’
    • ‘It is merely false hope to expect the current government to bring this man to justice.’
    • ‘Their hopes of a decent Christmas to help them through until next year now look to be dashed.’
    • ‘The promising photography raises high hopes and more or less continues for the rest of the film.’
    • ‘They now await their results in August and September in hope and expectation.’
    • ‘However, the Minister's comments raises hopes of a supply of gas for the North West.’
    • ‘Visitors are also asked to help fill in a memorial book with their thoughts and hopes.’
    • ‘Everything you do in a garden is firmly based on hope and good expectations.’
    • ‘Last year hopes were raised that the historic Ambassador cinema could be saved.’
    • ‘Pearce's view is aided by a hope fresh faces could soon be coming to Eastlands.’
    • ‘A vital tube link could be stopped in its tracks because of one man's hopes to save a goodsyard.’
    • ‘Ministry of Defence officials dashed hopes of a local economic bonanza.’
    • ‘Four draws on the trot in the league have not helped their hopes for promotion.’
    • ‘Instead the two clubs can still dream of Cardiff, albeit in both cases more in hope than expectation.’
    aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, plan, dream, daydream, pipe dream
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    1. 1.1 A person or thing that may help or save someone.
      ‘their only hope is surgery’
      • ‘This was one of the only hopes for this once majestic statue to be saved from the elements.’
      • ‘With the qualities of your head and heart booming, you are the best hope for your, friends and relations.’
      • ‘The decision came as little surprise but washed away the last hopes of parents who have fought to save the popular schools.’
      • ‘Most familiar with the problem believe the only hope for a reversal in the trend is education.’
      • ‘Kella, my last hope in changing my friend's mind uttered her opinion and my heart sank.’
      optimism, grounds for hope, promise, light at the end of the tunnel
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    2. 1.2 Grounds for believing that something good may happen.
      ‘he does see some hope for the future’
      • ‘The angel casts its shadow over the northeast as a reminder of its industrial past and a symbol of hope for the future.’
      • ‘Mariamma, however, has a ray of hope, which she believes, would brighten her life some day.’
      • ‘Amid the rationing and the rubble of bombed buildings, there was hope for the future and television was part of it.’
      • ‘Regardless of what has gone before, I believe there is hope for a brighter and better future.’
      • ‘The current lease runs out in a few years with, I believe, little hope of renewal.’
      • ‘Even I was having a hard time believing it so what hope did that hold for anyone else?’
      • ‘As the group made its impromptu stop outside an off-license, any hopes of an early night were optimistic.’
      • ‘The crux of the matter is whether the future holds hope for people who prefer to stay at home instead of going abroad to earn a living.’
      • ‘O'Dea believes there is hope for those looking for work in the technology sector.’
      • ‘The incarnation is itself the renewal of our humanity, and the ground of our hope as well.’
      • ‘Because of the kindness of strangers I am at least inclined to believe there is hope.’
      • ‘A death toll that tops nearly one dozen in the first day of a military ceasefire offers little grounds for hope.’
      • ‘Their results were admittedly bad, but I believe there is still hope.’
      • ‘No great surprises here either, but grounds for rational hope at the voting booth.’
      • ‘Despite the loss of their status as equal leaders, Calderwood surely has grounds for hope.’
      • ‘She has no hope for the future and this caused me very great concern indeed.’
      • ‘Edwina Currie was moved by the response to the gathering, and believes it offers hope for the future.’
      • ‘Grounds for hope remain in the fact that that she is still just 21 and has time to recover.’
      • ‘Ms. Nalak was silent for a few moments and Tyler began to believe that all hope was lost.’
      • ‘If we cannot find peace in the heavens, what hope on the ground?’
      hopefulness, optimism, expectation, expectancy
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  • 2archaic A feeling of trust.

    • ‘We can enter into the faithful stories of the past in order to embrace the present-with faith, hope and love.’
    • ‘Jesus did not lose hope but trusted in God even when it appeared that he was in a hopeless situation.’
    • ‘Paul portrays the community of the new age as a community of faith, hope, and love.’
    • ‘Rather, Jesus is believed to be present in ways which allow him to be related to in faith, love, hope, joy, and obedience.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Want something to happen or be the case.

    ‘he's hoping for an offer of compensation’
    [with clause] ‘I hope that the kids are OK’
    • ‘I hope that when my kids are my age, they won't be in the situation I was.’
    • ‘We fast and pray and hope, and we believe it's in the Lord's hands, and we trust in him.’
    • ‘We were hoping for a treat as we headed over to the restaurant one Thursday evening.’
    • ‘I believe we should all hope for the day when we no longer need to make that choice.’
    • ‘Organiser are hoping for a bumper crowd for the highlight of the Sunday soccer season.’
    • ‘This is an issue that is going to have to be dealt with, one hopes sooner rather than later.’
    • ‘Immediately after her birth the mother rejected the child as she was hoping for a baby boy.’
    • ‘People come to our office hoping for help, for a gift that might transform their lives.’
    • ‘The greedy geese drove off the ducks and chased after pensioners, hoping for a feed.’
    • ‘He will also be hoping for more support if he is successful in his bid for Livingston.’
    • ‘The guild are running the quiz in aid of Laois Hospice and hopes for plenty of support.’
    • ‘He added that in the long term his group was hoping for an effective relief road for the town centre.’
    • ‘We didn't understand very much but we were hoping for a new life and a new country.’
    • ‘The committee hopes to see more people use this area along the Riverside Park for recreation.’
    • ‘I believe, and hope, that this title race will go right down to the wire.’
    • ‘We were hoping for rain today, but it was dry, so we had to play a bit of rugby instead.’
    • ‘His friends and acquaintances sent him lots of cards and birthday wishes and all hope he will enjoy many more years.’
    • ‘They will be hoping for an easy draw in the next round so they can get the show back on the road.’
    • ‘He was hoping for a fresh start when we moved from Trowbridge to Holt two years ago.’
    • ‘All his friends and family hope to see him out and about again really soon.’
    expect, anticipate, look for, wait for, be hopeful of, pin one's hopes on, want
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    1. 1.1[with infinitive] Intend if possible to do something.
      ‘we're hoping to address all these issues’
      • ‘We hope to plan further outings during the summer months so watch these notes for further details.’
      • ‘Whitehead hopes to learn more about the meteorite when he goes to the crater's site next summer.’
      • ‘In later essays I hope to address some questions that arise because of this piece.’
      • ‘Dr Bhavin Bhatt hopes to establish the surgery alongside his private practice in Reeves Way.’
      • ‘We have provided the Court with a schedule setting out the areas that we hope to address.’
      • ‘The defence hopes to overturn the ruling barring any inquiry into the legality of the war.’
      • ‘It is hoped to have the display open to the public for a few days during the week of the event.’
      • ‘Friends say the couple hope to spend Christmas with her mother in Northern Ireland.’
      • ‘The prime minister hopes to win back majority support from within his own party in coming months.’
      • ‘The centre hopes to give assistance in an area where legal aid solicitors are hard to find.’
      • ‘He met children and parents in some of the poorest areas of the country and one day hopes to take his own daughters back to visit the region.’
      • ‘It is hoped to spread the scheme to the rest of the borough when funds become available.’
      • ‘He was given a medical discharge but, since having surgery, hopes to reapply for his dream job.’
      • ‘This week, the German finance ministry hopes to close the village's tax loophole.’
      • ‘Mark is recovering well and hopes to meet the man who saved his life one day.’
      • ‘A senior engineer said the council hopes to complete the investigation within a month.’
      • ‘Plans have been drawn up and it is hoped to commence work in this area in the new year.’
      • ‘The 2003 World Cup is my major aim and I have a plan that I hope to stick to.’
      • ‘He hopes to be as accessible as possible, and is planning a summer tour of villages in the constituency.’
      • ‘This year the government hopes to bring them together under a new Fire Safety Reform Act.’
      aim, intend, be looking, have every intention, have the intention, have in mind, plan, aspire
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Phrases

  • hope against hope

    • Cling to a mere possibility.

      ‘they were hoping against hope that he would find a way out’
      • ‘The driver, sweating even in this cold weather got down, hoping against hope that the worst had not occurred.’
      • ‘Michael Hardgrave knows all about what it is like to wait, hoping against hope that an organ will become available.’
      • ‘For hours he refused to sanction retaliation: he still hoped against hope that what was happening was a mere ‘provocation’.’
      • ‘We waited around, hoping against hope that Brutus might show.’
      • ‘And yet I'm powerless to do anything about it other than sit here and watch, hoping against hope that it'll get better before it gets worse.’
      • ‘Hanging about hoping against hope that someone would turn on a light even when the reality is that that is highly unlikely.’
      • ‘Then a few weeks later, the interested parties have to submit their secret bids, hoping against hope to out-bid the other potential buyers.’
      • ‘It was bound to happen, I guess, but I was hoping against hope that it wouldn't.’
      • ‘He is hoping against hope to be able to play, but if he is ruled out then the odds will have stacked up against a St. Mary's victory.’
      • ‘I am hoping against hope that she then let Edwin burn everything that was left over.’
  • hope for the best

    • Hope for a favorable outcome.

      • ‘If an airline were inclined to go lax on security, hoping for the best rather than working to guarantee it, its insurers would quickly step in to correct it.’
      • ‘We have been writing letters to local companies for sponsorship and just hoping for the best.’
      • ‘I was fearing the worst, but I was hoping for the best.’
      • ‘We are urging farmers to ask for help rather than waiting and hoping for the best.’
      • ‘You have got to pretend everything is okay for your family and keep hoping for the best.’
      • ‘The project is not about chucking these recruits in at the deep end and hoping for the best.’
      • ‘They talked with her father, Melvin, just moments ago, and he told me he is still hopeful though he admitted that with the search in the park today he is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.’
      • ‘While hoping for the best, we prepare for the worst.’
      • ‘But right now, people here are hoping for the best, but realize that much of the small island could be under water by the time Hurricane Charley passes by Florida.’
      • ‘The great majority of investors choose to be passive bystanders, hoping for the best and wringing their hands occasionally when they hear of another collapse.’
  • hope springs eternal (in the human breast)

    • proverb It is human nature to always find fresh cause for optimism.

      • ‘Nothing whatsoever has checked out so far in this sad saga, but hey - hope springs eternal.’
      • ‘But hope springs eternal in the hearts of true St Johnstone fans - how can you win the First Division unless you are in it?’
      • ‘The Chinese say they won't, but hope springs eternal.’
      • ‘While there's no sign of a break in the impasse in the Middle East, hope springs eternal here for more intimate relations between Protestants and Catholics.’
      • ‘The stadium was full because hope springs eternal, especially for the Welsh as their side contained a number of genuine young prospects for the future.’
      • ‘Reason told me the fair organizers would have called off the event, but hope springs eternal in a photographer's heart.’
      • ‘Anyone can get elected once; promises are easy to make and hope springs eternal in the hearts of the voters.’
      • ‘But if ‘hope springs eternal in the human breast’, perhaps we can continue to look to the future when a change of fortune will surely lead to success.’
      • ‘Yet the birth of a new year is not the time for despondency, for hope springs eternal in the human breast.’
      • ‘But hope springs eternal, so that's no surprise.’
  • in hopes of

    • With the aim of.

      ‘I lay on a towel in the park in hopes of getting a tan’
      • ‘Crane changed the subject in hopes of heading off an argument before it started.’
      • ‘Rather than going straight upfield, he delays in hopes of making a big play and loses ground.’
      • ‘Environmentalists have filed a freedom of information request in hopes of obtaining a copy of the report.’
      • ‘Prosecutors say he did so in hopes of securing a presidential pardon that never came.’
      • ‘Luke was in the middle of the huge dance floor, his eyes wandering in hopes of spotting Winnie.’
      • ‘Meira held her breath and backed quickly against the wall, in hopes of not being seen.’
      • ‘Adam plopped down between his parents, giving a little bounce in hopes of rousing them.’
      • ‘A year later, he went back to his mentor in hopes of learning and perfecting some new skills.’
      • ‘I pass it daily in hopes of getting an invite, or at least a compliment on my new haircut.’
      • ‘Steph was at her side of the dorm, rummaging through the closet in hopes of finding her left shoe.’
  • in hopes that

    • Hoping that.

      ‘they are screaming in hopes that a police launch will pick us up’
      • ‘I laid my head down in hopes that in the morning things wouldn't be so dreadful.’
      • ‘So every week or two a new book arrives, sent by a publisher in hopes that we will review it on this site and stimulate sales.’
      • ‘In round nine Liston seemed to just be trying to box his way to the final bell in hopes that his early lead would get him the decision.’
      • ‘I flirted with women, dated women, and had sex with women, all in hopes that my desires for men would go away.’
      • ‘You create these lies in hopes that some of your readers will believe them, and I'm sure that some will.’
      • ‘So here is my story in hopes that maybe someone reading this will understand that someone does care and that they are not alone.’
      • ‘We train elite athletes in hopes that they will make it to the Olympics.’
      • ‘I refused to speak beyond that, waiting in hopes that he would lose interest.’
      • ‘Jessie walked down the streets, heading for her home in hopes that when she got there, Arin would be awake.’
      • ‘I blinked quickly in hopes that her expression would change but she still looked disappointed.’
  • not a hope (in hell)

    • informal No chance at all.

      ‘this team doesn't have a hope in hell of making the playoffs’
      • ‘Apparently the lads have been practising in my absence and now think they are pretty handy - good luck boys, not a hope.’
      • ‘Almost crushed by the label of the tour's greatest choker, she has been written off by her critics and supporters alike -a lovely woman but not a hope of winning an important title.’

Origin

Late Old English hopa (noun), hopian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoop (noun), hopen (verb), and German hoffen (verb).

Pronunciation:

hope

/hōp/