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  Dictionary Definition of hope

noun, verb, hoped, hoping.

-- noun
1. expectation of something desired; desire accompanied by expectation.
2. a particular instance of such expectation or desire: a hope of success.
3. confidence in a future event; ground for expecting something: there is no hope of his recovery.
4. a person or thing that expectations are centred in: the hope of the family.
-- verb (t)
5. to look forward to with desire and more or less confidence: I hope to meet you again.
6. to trust in the truth of a matter (with a clause): I hope that you are satisfied.
-- verb (i)
7. to be in a state of hope.
8. Archaic. to trust or rely.
-- phrase
9. great white hope, a person from whom or a thing from which exceptionally great successes or benefits are expected.
10. hope against hope, to continue to hope, although there are not apparent grounds for such hope.
11. hope for, to have an expectation of (something desired): to hope for forgiveness.
12. some hope!, (an expression of pessimism, resignation, or disbelief).
[ME; OE hopa, c. G Hoffe ]
-- hopingly, adverb
1. A ( lec ) D ( erwent ), born 1907, Australian poet and critic, noted for his classical style; author of the poetry collection The Wandering Islands (1955).
2. Anthony ( Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins ), 1863--1933, English novelist and playwright; author of The Prisoner of Zenda (1894).
3. Bob ( Leslie Townes Hope ), born 1903 in Britain, US comedian.
4. Louis, 1817--94, Australian grazier and pioneer of the sugar industry in Qld.