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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hopes, hoping, hoped
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.[verb + (that) + clause ] I hope I bought enough snacks for the party.[verb + (that) + clause ] We all hope that the war will end soon.[verb + (that) + clause ] The exam was hard, but he's still hoping he'll get a good score.[verb + (that) + clause ] I hope to return within six months, but it depends on my boss.[verb + infinitive ] She hopes to get a good job in her field even though the competition is stiff.[verb + infinitive ] We're all hoping for him to recover.[verb + for smby/smth + infinitive ] Was your trip everything you hoped it to be?[verb + smby/smth + to be + noun/adj ]
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.[verb + (that) + clause ]
suppose, trust
similar words:
assume, fancy, imagine, reckon
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.
anticipation, expectancy, optimism
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.
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.
similar words:
ambition, desire, dream, expectation, possibility, promise, prospect, salvation
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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.The wedding is outdoors, so we're all hoping for good weather.Everyone hoped for a quick end to the war, but the end was long in coming.
similar words:
dream, wish
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hope or wish?
Hope means to want something that is possible. Wish means to want something that is probably not possible.
  • I hope I pass the test.
  • I wish I were ten years younger.
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  • hopeful:
    showing or feeling hope.
  • hopeless:
    showing or feeling no hope.
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