American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment.
- v. Archaic To have confidence; trust.
- v. To look forward to with confidence or expectation: We hope that our children will be successful.
- v. To expect and desire. See Synonyms at expect.
- n. A wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment.
- n. Something that is hoped for or desired: Success is our hope.
- n. One that is a source of or reason for hope: the team's only hope for victory.
- n. Christianity The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God's help.
- n. Archaic Trust; confidence.
- idiom. hope against hope To hope with little reason or justification.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To entertain or indulge an expectation of something desired.
- To have confidence; trust with earnest expectation of good.
- To desire with expectation; look forward to as desirable, with the expectation of obtaining: with a clause (with or without that) or, less commonly, a noun as object.
- [Hope is also loosely used as synonymous with desire, long for, or wish.]
- To expect; regard as likely to happen: not implying desire: with a clause as object.
- To imagine; have an impression; think: with an effect of irony: as, I hope I know what I am talking about.
- n. Expectation of something desired; desire accompanied by expectation.
- n. Confidence in a future event, or in the future disposition or conduct of some person; trust, especially a high or holy trust.
- n. That which gives hope; one who or that which furnishes ground of expectation or promise of desired good; promise.
- n. The object of hope; the thing hoped for.
- n. Expectation, without reference to desire; prognostication.
- n. Synonyms Reliance, dependence.
- n. A hollow; a valley; especially, the upper end of a narrow mountain valley when it is nearly encircled by smooth green slopes: nearly equivalent to comb.
- n. A mound; a hill. [Prov. Eng.] This word occurs in several place-names, as Easthope, Kirkhope, Stanhope, etc.
- n. An inlet; a small bay; a haven.
- v. To want something to happen.
- v. To be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.
- v. To expect and wish.
- n. uncountable The belief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen.
- n. countable The actual thing wished for.
- n. countable A person or thing that is a source of hope.
- n. Christianity The virtuous desire for future good.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
- n. Scot. A small bay; an inlet; a haven.
- n. 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.
- n. One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good.
- n. That which is hoped for; an object of hope.
- v. 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
- v. To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; -- usually followed by
- v. 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.
- v. obsolete To expect; to fear.
- v. expect and wish
- n. one of the three Christian virtues
- n. United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (1903-2003)
- n. someone (or something) on which expectations are centered
- n. grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
- v. intend with some possibility of fulfilment
- v. be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes
- n. the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled
- n. a specific instance of feeling hopeful
- From Middle English hope, from Old English hopa ("hope, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *hupōn (“hope”), from Proto-Indo-European *kēwp-, *kwēp- (“to smoke, boil”). Cognate with West Frisian hope ("hope"), Dutch hoop ("hope"), Middle High German hoffe ("hope"), Swedish hopp ("hope"). Extra-Germanic cognates include Latin cupio ("I desire, crave"), Albanian ngop ("I'm satisfied, sated") and gopë ("greedy, voracious"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hopen, from Old English hopian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Verbs that have no Participial Stem, express the Future Infinitive Active and Passive by fore ut or futūrum esse ut, with the Subjunctive; as, -- spērō fore ut tē paeniteat levitātis, _I hope you will repent of your fickleness_ (lit. _hope it will happen that you repent_); spērō futūrum esse ut hostēs arceantur, _I hope that the enemy will be kept off_.a. The Periphrastic Future Infinitive is often used, especially in the”
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“MY DEAREST UNCLE, -- A few lines I must write to you to express to you my _very great_ delight at the certainty, God willing, of seeing you all _three_ next week, and to express a hope, and a _great hope_, that you will try and arrive a little earlier on Wednesday ....”
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