hope/hoʊp/USA pronunciationn., v.,hoped, hop•ing. n.
a feeling that events will turn out well[uncountable]lost all hope of success.
a particular instance of this feeling[countable]the hope of winning.
a thing that provides a reason for this feeling in a particular instance[uncountable]The medicine is her last hope.
something hoped for[countable]Our only hope is that the Coast Guard heard our SOS.
to look forward (to) with desire and reasonable confidence: [no object]We can only wait and hope.[ ~ + for + obj]:Hope for the best.[~ + to + verb]I hope to see you again some time.[~ + (that) clause]I hope she sees us. We hope that you will come again.
Idiomshope against hope, [ ~ + (that) clause] to continue to hope when the situation appears very bad:hoped against hope that someone survived the crash.
(sometimes plural) a feeling of desire for something and confidence in the possibility of its fulfilment: his hope for peace was justified, their hopes were dashed
a reasonable ground for this feeling: there is still hope
a person or thing that gives cause for hope
a thing, situation, or event that is desired: my hope is that prices will fall
not a hope, some hope ⇒ used ironically to express little confidence that expectations will be fulfilled
(tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to desire (something) with some possibility of fulfilment: we hope you can come, I hope to tell you
(intransitive) often followed byfor: to have a wish (for a future event, situation, etc)
(tr; takes a clause as object) to trust, expect, or believe: we hope that this is satisfactory
Etymology: Old English hopa; related to Old Frisian hope, Dutch hoop, Middle High German hoffe
Anthony, real name Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins. 1863–1933, English novelist; author of The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
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
David (Michael). Baron. born 1940, British churchman, Archbishop of York (1995–2005)