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hope - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'hope' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Hope [ n.]
- A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
- A small bay; an inlet; a haven.
- 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.
- One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good.
- That which is hoped for; an object of hope.
2 . Hope [ v. i.]
- 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 for.
- To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; -- usually followed by in.
3 . Hope [ v. t.]
- 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.
- To expect; to fear.

Meaning of 'hope' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . hope [ n]
Meaning (1):
- someone (or something) on which expectations are centered
Example in sentence:
  • he was their best hope for a victory
Meaning (2):
- the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled
Example in sentence:
  • in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope
Meaning (3):
- a specific instance of feeling hopeful
Example in sentence:
  • it revived their hope of winning the pennant
Meaning (4):
- grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
Example in sentence:
  • there is little or no promise that he will recover
5 . hope [ v]
Meaning (5):
- be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes
Example in sentence:
  • I am still hoping that all will turn out well
Meaning (6):
- expect and wish
Example in sentence:
  • I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise;
  • I trust you will behave better from now on
Meaning (7):
- intend with some possibility of fulfilment
Example in sentence:
  • I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening