Definitions for hopehoʊp

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word hope

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hopehoʊp(n.; v.)hoped, hop•ing.

  1. (n.)the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out well.

  2. a particular instance of this feeling:

    the hope of winning.

  3. grounds for this feeling in a particular instance:

    There is little 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.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. (v.t.)to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.

  7. to believe, desire, or trust:

    I hope you will be happy.

  8. (v.i.)to feel that something desired may happen:

    We hope for an early spring.

  9. Archaic. to place trust; rely (usu. fol. by in).

Idioms for hope:

  1. hope against hope, to continue to hope when the situation appears bleak.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of hope:

bef. 900; ME; OE hopa, c. OFris, MD hope, MHG hoffe


Princeton's WordNet

  1. hope(noun)

    a specific instance of feeling hopeful

    "it revived their hope of winning the pennant"

  2. hope(noun)

    the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled

    "in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope"

  3. promise, hope(noun)

    grounds for feeling hopeful about the future

    "there is little or no promise that he will recover"

  4. hope(noun)

    someone (or something) on which expectations are centered

    "he was their best hope for a victory"

  5. Hope, Bob Hope, Leslie Townes Hope(noun)

    United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (1903-2003)

  6. hope(verb)

    one of the three Christian virtues

  7. hope, trust, desire(verb)

    expect and wish

    "I trust you will behave better from now on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"

  8. hope(verb)

    be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes

    "I am still hoping that all will turn out well"

  9. hope, go for(verb)

    intend with some possibility of fulfilment

    "I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hope(verb)ʊp

    to wish or want sth to happen or be true

    I hope we have good weather.; She hoped that Kay wouldn't tell her secret.; We're hoping to buy a new car next year.

  2. hopeʊp

    used to reply that you do not want sth to happen

    "Are we paying for dinner?" "I hope not!"

  3. hopeʊp

    used to reply that you do want sth to happen

    "Did you get good grades?" "I hope so."

  4. hope(noun)ʊp

    a belief or confidence that good things will happen in the future

    hope and optimism; our hopes for the future; her hopes of recovering in time for the race

  5. hopeʊp

    when you think sth good is likely to happen

    We have high hopes for the conference.

  6. hopeʊp

    to make sb think sth could happen

    I don't want to raise her hopes if there's no chance it will happen.

  7. hopeʊp

    to no longer think that sth is possible

    We will never lose hope of finding our daughter.

  8. hopeʊp

    because you want sth to happen

    I told my story in the hope that it would help others.

  9. hopeʊp

    sth or sb that can make sth possible or successful

    the boy's only hope of escape


  1. Hope(ProperNoun)

    from the virtue, like Faith and Charity first used by Puritans.

  2. Hope(ProperNoun)

    for someone who lived in a hop, a small enclosed valley.

  3. Hope(ProperNoun)

    A town in Arkansas

  4. Hope(ProperNoun)

    A town in British Columbia

  5. Origin: From hopen, from hopian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hope(noun)

    a sloping plain between mountain ridges

  2. Hope(noun)

    a small bay; an inlet; a haven

  3. Hope(noun)

    a desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an expectation of something which is thought to be desirable; confidence; pleasing expectancy

  4. Hope(noun)

    one who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good

  5. Hope(noun)

    that which is hoped for; an object of hope

  6. Hope(verb)

    to entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good, or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; -- usually followed by for

  7. Hope(verb)

    to place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; -- usually followed by in

  8. Hope(verb)

    to desire with expectation or with belief in the possibility or prospect of obtaining; to look forward to as a thing desirable, with the expectation of obtaining it; to cherish hopes of

  9. Hope(verb)

    to expect; to fear


  1. Hope

    Hope is the state which promotes the belief in a good outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Despair is often regarded as the opposite of hope. Hope is the "feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best" or the act of "look[ing] forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence" or "feel[ing] that something desired may happen". Other definitions are "to cherish a desire with anticipation"; "to desire with expectation of obtainment"; or "to expect with confidence". In the English language the word can be used as either a noun or a verb, although hope as a concept has a similar meaning in either use.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. hope

    1. A substitute for yesterday. 2. A mask that dying persons wear. 3. A system of metaphysics founded by Ananias. Antonyms: Reason, imagination, experience.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HOPE

    A desire for better things to come that makes a grass widow willing to try it again. Also, a draft on futurity, sometimes honored, but generally extended.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hope' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1021

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hope' in Written Corpus Frequency: #446

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hope' in Nouns Frequency: #594

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hope' in Verbs Frequency: #103

Translations for hope

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(any reason or encouragement for) the state of feeling that what one wants will or might happen

He has lost all hope of becoming the president; He came to see me in the hope that I would help him; He has hopes of winning a scholarship; The rescuers said there was no hope of finding anyone alive in the mine.

Get even more translations for hope »


Find a translation for the hope definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these hope definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"hope." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 20 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for hope?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for hope: