noun: hope; plural noun: hopes

  1. 1.

    a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

    "he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information"

    synonyms:aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, goal, plan, design; More

    dream, daydream, pipe dream

    "I had high hopes"

  2. 2.


    a feeling of trust.


verb: hope; 3rd person present: hopes; past tense: hoped; past participle: hoped; gerund or present participle: hoping

  1. 1.

    want something to happen or be the case.

    "he's hoping for an offer of compensation"

    synonyms:expect, anticipate, look for, be hopeful of, pin one's hopes on, want; More

    wish for, long for, dream of

    "he's hoping for a medal"

    • intend if possible to do something.

      "we're hoping to address all these issues"

      synonyms:aim, intend, be looking, have the intention, have in mind, plan, aspire

      "we're hoping to address the issue"


late Old English hopa (noun), hopian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoop (noun), hopen (verb), and German hoffen (verb).

Holly Chapple