—n. 1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope. 2. a particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning. 3. grounds for this feeling in a particular instance: There is little or no hope of his recovery. 4. a person or thing in which expectations are centered: The medicine was her last hope. 5. something that is hoped for: Her forgiveness is my constant hope.
—v.t. 1. to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
2. to believe, desire, or trust: I hope that my work will be satisfactory.
—v.i. 1. to feel that something desired may happen: We hope for an early spring. 2. Archaic.to place trust; rely (usually fol. by in).
3. 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.
Pronunciation: (hōp),[key] —n. 1. Anthony, pen name of Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins.
2. Bob(Leslie Townes Hope), 1903-2003, U.S. comedian, born in England.
3. John, 1868–1936, U.S. educator.
4. a town in SW Arkansas. 10,290.
5. a female given name.