WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hope /hoʊp/USA pronunciation   n., v., hoped, hop•ing. 

  1. a feeling that events will turn out well[uncountable]lost all hope of success.
  2. a particular instance of this feeling[countable]the hope of winning.
  3. a thing that provides a reason for this feeling in a particular instance[uncountable]The medicine is her last hope.
  4. something hoped for[countable]Our only hope is that the Coast Guard heard our SOS.

  1. 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.
  1. Idiomshope against hope, [ + (that) clause] to continue to hope when the situation appears very bad:hoped against hope that someone survived the crash.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
hope  (hōp), 
n., v., hoped, hop•ing. 

  1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best:to give up hope.
  2. a particular instance of this feeling:the hope of winning.
  3. grounds for this feeling in a particular instance:There is little or no 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:Her forgiveness is my constant hope.

  1. to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
  2. to believe, desire, or trust:I hope that my work will be satisfactory.

  1. to feel that something desired may happen:We hope for an early spring.
  2. [Archaic.]to place trust; rely (usually fol. by in).
  3. Idiomshope against hope, to continue to hope, although the outlook does not warrant it:We are hoping against hope for a change in her condition.
Etymology:bef. 900;
(noun, nominal) Middle English;
Old English hopa;
cognate with Dutch hoop, German Hoffe;
(verb, verbal) Middle English hopen, Old English hopian
hoper, n. 
hoping•ly, adv. 
1 . expectancy, longing. 8 . See expect. 
Hope  (hōp), 
  1. MonarchyAnthony, pen name of Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins.
  2. MonarchyBob (Leslie Townes Hope), born 1903, U.S. comedian, born in England.
  3. MonarchyJohn, 1868–1936, U.S. educator.
  4. Place Namesa town in SW Arkansas. 10,290.
  5. a female given name.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

hope /həʊp/ n
  1. (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
  2. a reasonable ground for this feeling: there is still hope
  3. a person or thing that gives cause for hope
  4. a thing, situation, or event that is desired: my hope is that prices will fall
  5. not a hope, some hopeused ironically to express little confidence that expectations will be fulfilled
  1. (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
  2. (intransitive) often followed by for: to have a wish (for a future event, situation, etc)
  3. (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

Hope /həʊp/ n
  1. Anthony, real name Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins. 1863–1933, English novelist; author of The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
  2. 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
  3. David (Michael). Baron. born 1940, British churchman, Archbishop of York (1995–2005)

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