Definition of hope verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

hope

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//həʊp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hoʊp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hope
BrE BrE//həʊp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hoʊp//
 
he / she / it hopes
BrE BrE//həʊps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hoʊps//
 
past simple hoped
BrE BrE//həʊpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hoʊpt//
 
past participle hoped
BrE BrE//həʊpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hoʊpt//
 
-ing form hoping
BrE BrE//ˈhəʊpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊpɪŋ//
 
 
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  •  [intransitive, transitive] 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 dared hope. 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? More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet. 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.
  • Word Origin late Old English hopa (noun), hopian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoop (noun), hopen (verb), and German hoffen (verb).Extra examples He secretly hoped that she wouldn’t be home. I hardly dared to hope the plan would succeed. I only hope you’re right. I sincerely hope that you will be successful. They hoped desperately that their missing son would come home. We are hoping for good weather. ‘Do you think it will rain?’ ‘ I hope not.’ ‘Will you be back before dark?’ ‘ I hope so, yes.’ I can only hope there has been some mistake. Let’s hope we can find a parking space. The exam went better than I’d dared hope. We’re hoping for good weather on Sunday.Idioms
    cross my heart (and hope to die)
     
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    (informal) used to emphasize that you are telling the truth or will do what you promise I saw him do it—cross my heart.
    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.
     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
     
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     (informal) 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 American Dictionary entry: hope