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hope

hope

 
 
pronunciation:
hop
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an optimistic sense or feeling that events will turn out well.
As the tide of war began to turn in our favor, we once again had hope.
synonyms:
anticipation, expectancy, optimism
antonyms:
despair
similar words:
aspiration, assurance, confidence, expectation, faith
definition 2: a longing for something; desire.
It was their hope that their son would become a surgeon.
synonyms:
desire, wish
similar words:
ambition, aspiration, craving, dream, longing, mind, yearning, yen
definition 3: the source of, or focal point for, that which is wished or desired.
This batter was our team's last hope.
antonyms:
despair
similar words:
ambition, desire, dream, expectation, possibility, promise, prospect, salvation
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hoped, hopes, hoping
definition 1: to desire (something) to be true or to happen while accepting the possibility of it not being true or not coming to pass.
I hope that I still have the receipt for those curtains.I hope I bought enough wine for the party.We all hope that the war will end soon.The exam was hard, but he's still hoping he'll get a good score.I hope to return within six months, but it depends on my boss.She hopes to get a good job in her field even though the competition is stiff.
synonyms:
anticipate, count on, think, trust
similar words:
believe, deem, expect, foresee, reckon, suppose, wish
definition 2: to believe with some confidence.
I hope that everything is to your satisfaction.
synonyms:
suppose, trust
similar words:
assume, fancy, imagine, reckon
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to desire that events will turn out well, or that a specific thing will occur.
We don't know the outcome yet, but we're still hoping.
synonyms:
trust
similar words:
dream, wish
hope or wish?
Hope means to want something that is possible. Wish means to want something that is probably not possible.
Compare:
  • I hope I pass the test.
  • I wish I were ten years younger.
Word Builder: hope +
  • hopeful:
    showing or feeling hope.
  • hopeless:
    showing or feeling no hope.
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