Hope is something that you want to happen, like your hope to visit Paris this summer, or the feeling that good things will come. If you make it to the final round of a tournament, that gives you hope.

Hope can also be a verb that means "strive for or wish," as in your hope to become a doctor someday. To hope is to want something to happen, but if instead you said that you intend to become a doctor, that suggests becoming a doctor is more of a goal than a dream. Hope, on the other hand, is more emotional. In fact, some scholars believe it's linked in meaning to hop, in that someone who hopes "leaps in expectation."

Definitions of hope

n the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled

“in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope
the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well
show 4 types...
hide 4 types...
the feeling you have when you have hope
the feeling of being encouraged
the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well
sanguineness, sanguinity
feeling sanguine; optimistically cheerful and confident
Type of:
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n a specific instance of feeling hopeful

“it revived their hope of winning the pennant”
Type of:
anticipation, expectancy
an expectation

n grounds for feeling hopeful about the future

an illusory hope
Type of:
expectation, outlook, prospect
belief about (or mental picture of) the future

n someone (or something) on which expectations are centered

“he was their best hope for a victory”
great white hope, white hope
someone (or something) expected to achieve great success in a given field
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n one of the three Christian virtues

Type of:
supernatural virtue, theological virtue
according to Christian ethics: one of the three virtues (faith, hope, and charity) created by God to round out the natural virtues

v expect and wish

“I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise”
desire, trust
Type of:
hope for; have a wish

v be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes

“I am still hoping that all will turn out well”
abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart
Type of:
desire, want
feel or have a desire for; want strongly

v intend with some possibility of fulfilment

“I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening”
go for
Type of:
be after, plan
have the will and intention to carry out some action

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.