Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable or uncountable) The feeling of trust, confidence, belief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen.
    I still have some hope that I can get to work on time.
    After losing my job, there's no hope of being able to afford my world cruise.
    There is still hope that we can find our missing cat.
  2. (countable) The actual thing wished for.
  3. (countable) A person or thing that is a source of hope.
    We still have one hope left: my roommate might see the note I left on the table.
  4. (Christianity, uncountable) The virtuous desire for future good.
    • The Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:13
      But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Translations Translations Verb

hope (hopes, present participle hoping; past and past participle hoped)

  1. (intransitive, transitive) To want something to happen, with a sense of expectation that it might.
    I hope everyone enjoyed the meal.
    I am still hoping that all will turn out well.
  2. To be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.
  3. (intransitive) To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; usually followed by in.
    • Bible, Psalms cxix. 81
      I hope in thy word.
    • Bible, Psalms xlii. 11
      Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God.
  4. (transitive, dialectal, nonstandard) To wish.
    I hope you all the best.
Translations Noun

hope (plural hopes)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland) A hollow; a valley, especially the upper end of a narrow mountain valley when it is nearly encircled by smooth, green slopes; a comb.

hope (plural hopes)

  1. A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
  2. (Scotland) A small bay; an inlet; a haven.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A female given name from the virtue, like Faith and Charity first used by Puritans.
  2. Surname for someone who lived in a hop, a small enclosed valley.
  3. (rare) A male given name.
  4. A place name, including:
    1. A city/county seat in Hempstead County, Arkansas.
    2. A town in British Columbia.
    3. A village in High Peak, Derbyshire (OS grid ref SK1783).
    4. A village in Flintshire, Wales (OS grid ref SJ3058).
    5. A settlement in Nelson, New Zealand.

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