hope: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hōp), [key]
— 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. to place trust; rely (usually fol. by in).
  3. to continue to hope, although the outlook does not warrant it: We are hoping against hope for a change in her condition.


Pronunciation: (hōp), [key]
— n.
  1. pen name of Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins.
  2. (Leslie Townes Hope), born 1903, U.S. comedian, born in England.
  3. 1868–1936, U.S. educator.
  4. a town in SW Arkansas. 10,290.
  5. a female given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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