the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best:
to give up hope.
a particular instance of this feeling:
the hope of winning.
grounds for this feeling in a particular instance:
There is little or no hope of his recovery.
a person or thing in which expectations are centered:
The medicine was her last hope.
something that is hoped for:
Her forgiveness is my constant hope.
verb (used with object), hoped, hoping.
to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
to believe, desire, or trust:
I hope that my work will be satisfactory.
verb (used without object), hoped, hoping.
to feel that something desired may happen:
We hope for an early spring.
Archaic. to place trust; rely (usually followed by in).
hope against hope, to continue to hope, although the outlook does not warrant it:
We are hoping against hope for a change in her condition.
(sometimes pl) 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
(transitive; 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 foll by for. to have a wish (for a future event, situation, etc)
(transitive; takes a clause as object) to trust, expect, or believe: we hope that this is satisfactory
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)
Old English hopian “wish, expect, look forward (to something),” of unknown origin, a general North Sea Germanic word (cf. Old Frisian hopia, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch hopen; Middle High German hoffen “to hope,” borrowed from Low German). Some suggest a connection with hop (v.) on the notion of “leaping in expectation” [Klein]. Related: Hoped; hoping.
Old English hopa, from hope (v.). Cf. Old Frisian and Middle Dutch hope, Dutch hoop, all from their respective verbs.
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one of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Cor. 13:13). It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Rom. 8:24; 1 John 3:2). “Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity (1 Pet. 3:15; Heb. 10:23). In it the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centred (Eph. 1:18; 4:4).” Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13). Christ is the actual object of the believer’s hope, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13). It is spoken of as “lively”, i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1 Pet. 1:3). In Rom. 5:2 the “hope” spoken of is probably objective, i.e., “the hope set before us,” namely, eternal life (comp. 12:12). In 1 John 3:3 the expression “hope in him” ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, “hope on him,” i.e., a hope based on God.
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People always hope for the best, even in the face of adversity. This saying is from “An Essay on Man,” by Alexander Pope. People will keep on hoping, no matter what the odds. For example, I keep buying lottery tickets—hope springs eternal. This expression was coined by Alexander Pope (An Essay on Man, 1732) and […]
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