Hope (?), n. [Cf. Icel.
hōp a small bay or inlet.] 1. A
sloping plain between mountain ridges. [Obs.]
2. A small bay; an inlet; a haven.
Hope, v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Hoped (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Hoping.] [AS. hopian; akin to D. hopen, Sw.
hopp?, Dan. haabe, G. hoffen. See 2nd
Hope.] 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." Jer. Taylor.
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." Ps. cxix.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou
disquieted within me? Hope thou in God. Ps.
Hope, n. [AS., akin to D.
hoop, hope, Sw. hopp, Dan. haab, MHG.
hoffe. Hope in forlorn hope is different word.
See Forlorn hope, under Forlorn.] 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
The hypocrite's hope shall perish.
Job vii. 13.
He wished, but not with hope.
New thoughts of God, new hopes of
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
Lavina is thine elder brother's
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
[Charity] hopeth all things. 1
Cor. xiii. 7.
2. To expect; to fear. [Obs.] "I
hope he will be dead." Chaucer.
☞ Hope is often used colloquially regarding
uncertainties, with no reference to the future. "I hope she
takes me to be flesh and blood." Mrs. Centlivre.