What does Hope mean?

Definitions for Hope

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Hope.

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.

  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

  10. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. Hope

    Is a river full of expectations or anticipations.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on February 22, 2018

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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


  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. Karen Handel:

    I would hope so.

  2. Unknown:

    Never lose hope.

  3. Maat Morrison:

    Hope is progress

  4. Carlos Jimenez:

    I hope it ends here.

  5. Aeschylus:

    Exiles feed on hope.

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