• Verb
  • to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true
    1. No one knows yet if anyone survived the crash. At this point, we can only hope.
    2. “Will you be able to come to the party?” “I hope so.” [=I want to go to the party but am not sure that I will be able to]
    3. “Will you have to miss the party?” “I hope not.” [=I do not want to miss the party]
    4. He's hoping for a promotion.
    5. An apology is the best/most we can hope for.
    6. She was hoping for an invitation to the party.
    7. She finally got her hoped-for promotion.
    8. All we can do is hope for the best. [=hope that things will turn out as well as possible]
    9. She hoped that she would be invited to the party. = She hoped to receive an invitation to the party.
    10. We all hope (that) things will be better soon. = We're all hoping (that) things will be better soon.
    11. They hope to succeed.
    12. I hope (that) she remembers.
    13. I hope you're feeling better soon.
    14. That's what she hoped would happen.
    15. It is (to be) hoped that the strike will end soon.
    16. Let's hope that the strike ends soon.
    17. I hope I haven't bored you.
    18. Everyone in your family is well, I hope.
  • to hope for something when you know that it will probably not happen or be true
    1. We're hoping against hope that they survived the crash.
  • Noun
  • the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen
    1. When they started their life together, they were young and full of hope.
    2. Rescuers have not yet abandoned/lost hope that more survivors will be found.
    3. The drug has brought/given hope to thousands of sufferers.
    4. We allowed ourselves to entertain hopes that the crisis would end soon.
    5. The goal raised/lifted the hopes of the team.
    6. The hope is that there will be a settlement soon.
    7. The lawyers do not want to raise false hopes of an early settlement.
    8. Our hopes are fading/dwindling.
    9. We had high hopes of winning the game. [=we felt we had a very good chance of winning the game]
    10. You shouldn't get your hopes up. [=feel so hopeful]
    11. She went back to the restaurant with hopes of finding her purse there. = She went back to the restaurant with the hope of finding her purse there. [=because she thought and hoped that she might find her purse there]
    12. He told them the truth with the hope that they would understand.
  • the chance that something good will happen
    1. She believes there's hope of/for a cure. [=that a cure is possible]
    2. He had little/no hope of attending college.
    3. The latest reports hold out hope for a possible end to this crisis.
    4. They have a glimmer/ray of hope [=a small chance] of winning.
    5. His condition is beyond hope. [=his condition is hopeless]
  • someone or something that may be able to provide help
    1. He's our last/best hope.
    2. At this point their only hope is that someone will offer to buy the company.
    3. What hope is there for someone like me?
  • something that is hoped for
    1. All my hopes have been fulfilled at last.
    2. Our fondest hope is that our children will be happy and healthy.
    3. We all have hopes and dreams for the future.
    4. We have great hopes for the coming year.
  • with the hope that something will happen or could happen
    1. He returned to the crime scene in (the) hope of finding further evidence.
    2. He waited in hopes that she would show up.
  • to hope for something when you know that it will probably not happen or be true
    1. We live in hope that there will be some survivors of the crash.