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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hope intend with some possibility of fulfilment "I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening"
    • v hope be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes "I am still hoping that all will turn out well"
    • v hope expect and wish "I trust you will behave better from now on","I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"
    • n hope one of the three Christian virtues
    • n hope grounds for feeling hopeful about the future "there is little or no promise that he will recover"
    • n hope a specific instance of feeling hopeful "it revived their hope of winning the pennant"
    • n hope the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled "in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope"
    • n hope someone (or something) on which expectations are centered "he was their best hope for a victory"
    • n Hope United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (1903-2003)
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The Gleam that Brings Hope The Gleam that Brings Hope

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first television broadcast of the Oscars took place in 1953, hosted by Bob Hope on NBC
    • Hope A desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an expectation of something which is thought to be desirable; confidence; pleasing expectancy. "The hypocrite's hope shall perish.""He wished, but not with hope .""New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven."
    • Hope A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
    • Hope A small bay; an inlet; a haven.
    • Hope One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good. "The Lord will be the hope of his people.""A young gentleman of great hopes , whose love of learning was highly commendable."
    • Hope That which is hoped for; an object of hope. "Lavina is thine elder brother's hope ."
    • Hope To desire with expectation or with belief in the possibility or prospect of obtaining; to look forward to as a thing desirable, with the expectation of obtaining it; to cherish hopes of. "We hope no other from your majesty.""Charity hopeth all things."
    • Hope To entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good, or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; -- usually followed by for. "Hope for good success.""But I will hope continually."
    • Hope To expect; to fear. "I hope he will be dead."
    • Hope To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; -- usually followed by in. "I hope in thy word.""Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The seven virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.
    • hope To entertain or indulge an expectation of something desired.
    • hope To have confidence; trust with earnest expectation of good.
    • hope To desire with expectation; look forward to as desirable, with the expectation of obtaining: with a clause (with or without that) or, less commonly, a noun as object.
    • hope [Hope is also loosely used as synonymous with desire, long for, or wish.]
    • hope To expect; regard as likely to happen: not implying desire: with a clause as object.
    • hope To imagine; have an impression; think: with an effect of irony: as, I hope I know what I am talking about.
    • n hope Expectation of something desired; desire accompanied by expectation.
    • n hope Confidence in a future event, or in the future disposition or conduct of some person; trust, especially a high or holy trust.
    • n hope That which gives hope; one who or that which furnishes ground of expectation or promise of desired good; promise.
    • n hope The object of hope; the thing hoped for.
    • n hope Expectation, without reference to desire; prognostication.
    • n hope Synonyms Reliance, dependence.
    • n hope A hollow; a valley; especially, the upper end of a narrow mountain valley when it is nearly encircled by smooth green slopes: nearly equivalent to comb.
    • n hope A mound; a hill. [Prov. Eng.] This word occurs in several place-names, as Easthope, Kirkhope, Stanhope, etc.
    • n hope An inlet; a small bay; a haven.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The last words spoken from the moon were from Eugene Cernan, Commander of the Apollo 17 Mission on 11 December 1972. "As we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind."
    • v.i Hope hōp to cherish a desire of good with expectation of obtaining it: to have confidence
    • v.t Hope to desire with expectation or with belief in the prospect of obtaining
    • n Hope a desire of some good, with expectation of obtaining it: confidence: anticipation: he who, or that which, furnishes ground of expectation: that which is hoped for
    • n Hope hōp a hollow, a mound: the upper end of a narrow mountain-valley: a comb—common in north country place-names.
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    “By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.”
  • Aristotle
    “Hope is a waking dream.”
  • Aristotle
    “Hope is the dream of a waking man.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Hope is the best part of our riches.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.”


Cling to hope - If people cling to hope, they continue to hope though the chances of success are very small.
Cross my heart and hope to die - People say this to show how sincere their promise is.
Glimmer of hope - A glimmer of hope is the belief that there is a slight chance that something positive will happen.
Great white hope - Someone who is expected to be a great success is a great white hope.
Hope against hope - If you hope against hope, you hope for something even though there is little or no chance of your wish being fulfilled.
Hope in hell - If something hasn't got a hope in hell, it stands absolutely no chance of succeeding.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS., akin to D,. hoop, hope, Sw. hopp, Dan. haab, MHG. hoffe,. Hope, in forlorn hope, is different word. See Forlorn hope, under Forlorn


In literature:

The poor lad had not yet given up all hopes of escape.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
He did not get any hurt, I hope?
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
We spent the night baling as hard as we could, all striving to save our lives; but we hoped almost against hope that we should succeed.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Hoping to keep somewhat warm by walking I dismounted, and leading him by the bridle tried to get along.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
The Marquis was hopeful; the Marquise, a charming and most lovable creature, shared his hopes.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
Hadria had been among the most hopeful of the party, and had pointed to the loftier visions, and the more impersonal aims.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
By good luck he knew no one on board save O'Reilly, who fortunately was in another car, and he hoped that few people knew him.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I hope you are not stupid: we shall never get on if you are.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
You must have," hopefully, "because you've been paying me board.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
There is always room for hope; and where there is hope there need not be unhappiness.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Pillars let some set up
If so they please;
Here is my hope,
And my Pyramides.
"His Poetry His Pillar" by Robert Herrick
What aileth you at my song, madame,
So kind?
I hope that I sing no wrong, madame,
So kind?
"Two Folk Songs" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
These are the phenomena
That every pretty domina
Hopes that we shall see
At this Universitee!
"Girl Graduates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
So sadly goes my heart,
Unclothed of hope and peace;
It asks not joy again,
But only seeks release.
"Worn Out" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Oh it were sweet to think
That May should be ours again,
Hoping it not, I shrink,
Out of the sight of men.
"In May" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I yet will hope the very One
Whose love is life in me,
Did, when my strength was overdone,
Inspire serenity.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald

In news:

"Hoping against hope even when things are really rough—that's what carried us during our days of our struggle, knowing that this is a moral universe," says Archbishop Desmond Tutu .
U niversity of Colorado sophomore Christian Dean is hoping to change the attitudes of Boulder's fraternity members by starting a new chapter, which he said has hopes to lead by example.
We can use hope in regards to the weather when we say "I hope it doesn't rain today".
The current "cap and trade" bill wending its way through Congress represents the triumph of "hope" — as in "Hope And Change" — over everything else, including reality.
We hope you grabbed a little Christmas cash from the Jingle Bell Jackpot but most of all we hope you've sent in an entry for the Grand Prize…Prada.
John Dewey Bacon, born December 23, 1925, in Rochester, passed away on Friday September 7, 2012 in Tucson, Ariz. A graveside service will be held Saturday (October 6) at 11 am at Mt Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mt Hope Avenue in Rochester.
HOPE — The town of Hope is receiving a helping hand from Bartholomew County officials in cleaning up windstorm debris.
A Kingston family hopes they can come home around Christmas after getting the best gift they could hope for — a heart for their daughter.
Panama City Beach, Florida always has high hopes for their Spring Break crowds, and this year, they are hoping that it will turn more than just a few overly-hormonal heads.
A special guest visited the small congregation of Blessed Hope Church of Howard Lake recently, telling an interesting tale of hope and faith.
Lane County is hoping to create better trade relationships with China in hopes of stimulating the local economy.
A visit to Ishpeming Ski Club just outside Marquette in the Upper Peninsula finds veterans of ski jumping 's heyday mixing with young kids hoping to be the next Olympic hopeful for the sport.
Democratic US House hopeful Brendan Mullen launched an attack on Republican hopeful Jackie Walorski in a new TV ad, focusing in part on her 2006 vote as state lawmaker in favor of leasing Indiana Toll Road operations.
On the surface, at least, last week's TechCrunch Disrupt conference didn't look like evidence that Silicon Valley's perpetually hopeful start-ups are any less hopeful than ever.
The Indiana Fever players sort of kept hoping against hope that Katie Douglas might show up.

In science:

The hope was to have a solution with all the parameters precisely calculated in a straight forward manner.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
Regarding transport, we hope that our results will motivate experiments to probe the spin conductivity in these systems.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
We hope to discuss this issue in some other place.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
The situation seems somewhat more hopeful in semiclassical gravity, in which one has quantum field theory for nongravitational fields on a classical curved spacetime (perhaps whose Einstein tensor is proportional to the regularized expectation value of the stress-energy tensor of the nongravitational quantum fields).
Defining Entropy Bounds
It should be possible to make these arguments using invariants rigorous by studying the singularities explicitly; one might also hope to find strong constraints on next-to-extremal correlators as in four dimensions [18, 20].
Aspects of the D=6, (2,0) Tensor Multiplet