Hope v. t.
1. 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. --Shak.
[Charity] hopeth all things. --1 Cor. xiii. 7.
2. To expect; to fear. [Obs.] “I hope he will be dead.”
Note: ☞ Hope is often used colloquially regarding uncertainties, with no reference to the future. “I hope she takes me to be flesh and blood.”
1. A sloping plain between mountain ridges. [Obs.]
2. A small bay; an inlet; a haven. [Scot.]
1. 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. --Job vii. 13.
He wished, but not with hope. --Milton.
New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven. --Keble.
2. One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good.
The Lord will be the hope of his people. --Joel iii. 16.
A young gentleman of great hopes, whose love of learning was highly commendable. --Macaulay.
3. That which is hoped for; an object of hope.
Lavina is thine elder brother's hope. --Shak.
Hope, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hoped p. pr. & vb. n. Hoping.]
1. 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. --Ps. lxxi. 14.
2. 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. --Ps. xlii. 11.
n 1: a specific instance of feeling hopeful; "it revived their
hope of winning the pennant"
2: the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled; "in
spite of his troubles he never gave up hope" [ant: despair]
3: grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is
little or no promise that he will recover" [syn: promise]
4: someone (or something) on which expectations are centered;
"he was their best hope for a victory"
5: United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in
films with Bing Crosby (born in 1903) [syn: Bob Hope, Leslie
6: one of the three Christian virtues
v 1: expect and wish; "I trust you will behave better from now
on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a
raise" [syn: trust, desire]
2: be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes; "I am still
hoping that all will turn out well" [ant: despair]
3: intend with some possibility of fulfilment; "I hope to have
finished this work by tomorrow evening" [syn: go for]
one of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Cor.
13:13). It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing
or possessing (Rom. 8:24; 1 John 3:2). "Hope is an essential and
fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed,
that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence
of Christianity (1 Pet. 3:15; Heb. 10:23). In it the whole glory
of the Christian vocation is centred (Eph. 1:18; 4:4)."
Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13).
Christ is the actual object of the believer's hope, because it
is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled
(1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13). It is spoken of as
"lively", i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable,
but having a perennial life (1 Pet. 1:3). In Rom. 5:2 the "hope"
spoken of is probably objective, i.e., "the hope set before us,"
namely, eternal life (comp. 12:12). In 1 John 3:3 the expression
"hope in him" ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version,
"hope on him," i.e., a hope based on God.