hope noun – Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes

stop negative thinking

  1. [uncountable, countable] a feeling of wanting and expecting a particular thing to happen; something that you wish for
    • Don’t lose hope—we’ll find her.
    • She told me all her hopes and dreams.
    • hope for somebody/something They have high hopes for their children.
    • Hopes for the missing men are fading.
    • The Mexican president expressed hope for cooperation on trade.
    • hope of something There are hopes of a lasting peace.
    • hope of doing something They have given up hope of finding any more survivors.
    • Don’t raise your hopes too high, or you may be disappointed.
    • I’ll do what I can, but don’t get your hopes up.
    • in the hope of doing something I called early in the hope of catching her before she went to work.
    • hope that… The situation is not good but we live in hope that it will improve.
    • It is my sincere hope that she will find happiness at last.
    • in the hope that… He asked her again in the vain hope that he could persuade her to come (= it was impossible).
    • in hopes that… (North American English) I am writing this letter in hopes that it will be forwarded to the editor.

    Extra Examples

    • Her dark eyes lit with sudden hope.
    • Hope faded after wrecked remains of the ship were washed onto the shore.
    • Her hopes of going to college came to nothing.
    • Hope flared up inside her.
    • I looked at her and felt a glimmer of hope.
    • I haven’t yet found a flat, but I live in hope.
    • I didn’t give up hope of being released.
    • He searched through her belongings in the hope of finding some information.
    • Hope remains that survivors will be found.
    • She felt weak and without hope.
    • The new treatment has brought fresh hope to millions of people diagnosed with cancer.
    • We now have good grounds for hope.
    • a feeling of considerable hope
    • His early hopes of freedom were now gone.
    • Hopes are high that a resolution to the conflict can be found.
    • Hopes of a peaceful end to the strike are now growing.
    • It is important to keep alive the hope that a peace settlement might be found.
    • It seemed a forlorn hope that we would find a taxi.
    • Peace is a distant hope in this war-torn region.
    • Political leaders do now entertain the hope that a settlement can be found.
    • The latest job figures have boosted hopes for the economy.
    • There was still a faint hope that they would accept the offer.
    • These figures kill off any lingering hopes of an early economic recovery.
    • This announcement has raised hopes that the crisis may be coming to an end.
    • We’re trying to keep our hopes up.
    • keeping alive the hope that a peace settlement might be found
    • the treatment gave him renewed hope
    • young people who are full of hope for the future
    • It is my fervent hope that you will be able to take this project forward.
    • a bitter tale of disappointed hopes
    • He secretly cherished hopes that George would marry his daughter.
    • We have high hopes for the project.
    • Their main hopes rest on their new striker.
    • the team’s championship hopes
    • I am writing to you in the hope that you can help me obtain some information.

    Topics Feelingsa2Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadjective… of hopeverb + hope

    • be full of
    • cherish
    • entertain

    hope + verbpreposition

    • beyond hope
    • in hope of
    • in the hope that


    • every hope of something
    • little hope of something
    • no hope of something

    See full entry

  2. [uncountable] a reason to believe that something good may happen
    • The future is not without hope.
    • He wasn’t trying to give her false hope.
    • hope of something There is now hope of a cure.
    • hope of doing something Most people have no hope of remembering 81 different passwords.
    • hope that… There is little hope that they will be found alive.
    • There is still a glimmer of hope.

    Extra Examples

    • She saw little hope of meeting the targets.
    • We have every hope of completing the project this year.
    • damaged beyond hope of repair
    • Maybe we can find some hope for humanity after all.
    • without any real hope of success
    • Under such circumstances, there is little hope of success.
    • Is there any hope that she may recover?
  3. [countable, usually singular] a person, a thing or a situation that will help you get what you want
    • He turned to her in despair and said, ‘You’re my last hope.’
    • hope of/for something The operation was Kelly’s only hope of survival.
    • She is Britain’s brightest hope for a medal.
    • hope for somebody/something Privatization seems to offer the best hope for the industry.

    see also white hopeExtra Examples

    • He represents our best hope for a swimming medal.
    • Our one hope was that the hurricane would change direction.
    • Her only hope lay in escape.
    • He had one last hope to cling to.

    Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadjectiveverb + hopeprepositionSee full entry

  4. Word Originlate Old English hopa (noun), hopian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoop (noun), hopen (verb), and German hoffen (verb).


be beyond hope (of something)

  1. to be in a situation where no improvement is possible
  1. to destroy somebody’s hopes by making what they were hoping for impossible
    • Hopes of a peaceful settlement have been dashed.
    • Her hopes were cruelly dashed when her parents refused to let her go.

hold out little, etc. hope (of something/that…) | not hold out any, much, etc. hope (of something/that…)

  1. to offer little, etc. reason for believing that something will happen
    • The doctors did not hold out much hope for her recovery.
    • I don’t hold out much hope of finding a buyer.
  1. (saying) people never stop hoping

not have a hope (in hell) (of doing something)

  1. (informal) to have no chance at all
    • She doesn’t have a hope of winning.
    • You don’t have a hope in hell of finding a job.

pin (all) your hopes on somebody/something

(also pin your faith on somebody/something)

  1. to rely on somebody/something completely for success or help
    • The company is pinning its hopes on the new project.

    Extra Examples

    • She did not pin much faith on their chances of success.
    • He pinned all his hopes on getting that job.

    Topics Successc2

  1. (British English, informal) used to say that there is no chance at all that something will happen

See hope in the Oxford Advanced American DictionarySee hope in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic EnglishCheck pronunciation: hope


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