American English

Definition of hope verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hope
he / she / it hopes
past simple hoped
-ing form hoping
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  •  to want something to happen and think that it is possible hope (for something) We are hoping for good weather on Sunday. All we can do now is wait and hope. “Do you think it will rain?” “I hope not.” “Will you be back before dark?” “I hope so, yes.” The exam went better than I'd hoped. I'll see you next week, I hope. hope (that)… I hope (that) you're okay. I can only hope (that) there has been some mistake. Detectives are hoping (that) witnesses will come forward. Let's hope we can find a parking space. it is hoped (that)… It is hoped that over $10,000 will be raised. hope to do something She is hoping to win the gold medal. We hope to arrive around two. What had he hoped to achieve? Hope can be used in the passive in the form it is hoped that…. For must always be used with hope in other passive sentences:The improvement that had been hoped for never came.The hoped-for improvement never came.
  • Idioms
    hope against hope (that…)
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    to continue to hope for something although it is very unlikely to happen She was hoping against hope that there'd been some mistake.
    hope for the best
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    to hope that something will happen successfully, especially where it seems likely that it will not I'm just going to answer all the questions I can and hope for the best.
    I should hope so/not, so I should hope (informal)
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    used to say that you feel very strongly that something should/should not happen “Nobody blames you.” “I should hope not!”
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hope