What does HOPE mean?

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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"


  1. Hope(ProperNoun)

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

    Etymology: From hopen, from hopian.

  2. Hope(ProperNoun)

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

    Etymology: From hopen, from hopian.

  3. Hope(ProperNoun)

    A town in Arkansas

    Etymology: From hopen, from hopian.

  4. Hope(ProperNoun)

    A town in British Columbia

    Etymology: From hopen, from hopian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hope(noun)

    a sloping plain between mountain ridges

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hp a small bay or inlet.]

  2. Hope(noun)

    a small bay; an inlet; a haven

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hp a small bay or inlet.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hp a small bay or inlet.]

  4. Hope(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hp a small bay or inlet.]

  5. Hope(noun)

    that which is hoped for; an object of hope

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hp a small bay or inlet.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hp a small bay or inlet.]

  7. Hope(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hp a small bay or inlet.]

  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

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hp a small bay or inlet.]

  9. Hope(verb)

    to expect; to fear

    Etymology: [Cf. Icel. hp a small bay or inlet.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hope

    hōp, v.i. to cherish a desire of good with expectation of obtaining it: to have confidence.—v.t. to desire with expectation or with belief in the prospect of obtaining.—n. a desire of some good, with expectation of obtaining it: confidence: anticipation: he who, or that which, furnishes ground of expectation: that which is hoped for.—adj. Hope′ful, full of hope: having qualities which excite hope: promising good or success.—adv. Hope′fully.—n. Hope′fulness.—adj. Hope′less, without hope: giving no ground to expect good or success: desperate.—adv. Hope′lessly.—n. Hope′lessness.—adv. Hōp′ingly.—Hope against hope, to continue to hope when there is no sufficient reason. [A.S. hopianhopa, hope; Dut. hopen, Ger. hoffen.]

  2. Hope

    hōp, n. a hollow, a mound: the upper end of a narrow mountain-valley: a comb—common in north country place-names.

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hope

    A small bay; it was an early term for valley, and is still used in Kent for a brook, and gives name to the adjacent anchorages. Johnson defines it to be any sloping plain between two ridges of hills.

Editors Contribution

  1. hope

    The knowing in our brain, conscience, consciousness, mind, spirit, soul and subconscious what we aspire for is easy, simple and achievable in order of priority.

    We know we are here on earth to create optimum health, human rights and equal shared prosperity for all on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 6, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HOPE in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HOPE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of HOPE in a Sentence

  1. Jerrold Nadler:

    The president has a choice to make: he can take this opportunity to be represented in the impeachment hearings, or he can stop complaining about the process, i hope that he chooses to participate.

  2. Kathleen Ethier:

    We hope that the work that we do in schools around helping school districts put quality health education in place so kids have knowledge and skills, connect youth to needed services in their communities and create environments that support them and help them safe -- we hope that that work and those messages are getting out there, and that's what's driving the positive behavior changes.

  3. Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin:

    I think where we've gone now is that we've taken out some insurance and that insurance, I hope, we will see over the next six months the kind of impact you want to have on that. I think it's a good time though to pause...and that's what I am looking to do.

  4. Patrick Henry:

    It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truthand listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

  5. Kenta Motokura:

    I hope that people who played these games before will play them again, like I'm doing. It not only brings back some nostalgic memories, but it may allow them to find there are plenty of fun things they haven't yet discovered.

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