- 1 [uncountable, countable] a belief that something you want will happen hope (of something) There is now hope of a cure. hope (for somebody/something) Hopes for the missing men are fading. hope (that…) There is little hope that they will be found alive. hope (of doing something) They have given up hope of finding any more survivors. She has high hopes of winning (= is very confident about it). The future is not without hope. 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. There is still a glimmer of hope. The situation is not good but we live in hope that it will improve.
- 2 [countable] hope (of/for something) | hope (for somebody) | hope (that…) | hope (of doing something) something that you wish for She told me all her hopes, dreams and fears. They have high hopes for their children.
- 3[countable, usually singular] hope (of something) | hope (for somebody) 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.’ The operation was Kelly's only hope of survival. 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 had one last hope to cling to. He pinned all his hopes on getting that job. He represents our best hope for a swimming medal. He secretly cherished hopes that George would marry his daughter. He turned to her in despair and said, ‘You’re my last hope.’ He wasn’t trying to give her false hope. Her dark eyes lit with sudden hope. Her hopes of going to college have now been dashed. Her only hope lay in escape. His early hopes of freedom were now gone. Hope faded after wrecked remains of the ship were washed onto the shore. Hope flared up inside her. Hope remains that survivors will be found. Hopes are high that a resolution to the conflict can be found. Hopes of a peaceful end to the strike are now growing. I am writing this letter in hopes that it will be forwarded to the editor. I am writing to you in the hope that you can help me obtain some information. I didn’t give up hope of being released. I don’t hold out much hope of finding a buyer. I have no hope of winning. I haven’t yet found a flat, but I live in hope. I looked at her and felt a glimmer of hope. I’ll see what I can do, but don’t get your hopes up too much. It is important to keep alive the hope that a peace settlement might be found. It is my fervent hope that you will be able to take this project forward. It is my sincere hope that she will find happiness at last. It seemed a forlorn hope that we would find a taxi. Lord Mountbatten secretly cherished hopes that Charles would marry his granddaughter. Maybe we can find some hope for humanity after all. Our one hope was that the hurricane would change direction. Peace is a distant hope in this war-torn region. Political leaders do now entertain the hope that a settlement can be found. Privatization seems to offer the best hope for the industry. She felt weak and without hope. She is Britain’s brightest hope for a medal. She saw little hope of meeting the targets. She told me all her hopes and dreams. The Mexican president expressed hope for cooperation on trade. The latest job figures have boosted hopes for the economy. The use of fish oil to treat cancer has brought fresh hope to millions of sufferers. Their main hopes rest on their new striker. 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 have every hope of completing the project this year. We have high hopes for the project. We now have good grounds for hope. We’re trying to keep our hopes up. You don’t have a hope in hell of finding a job. a bitter tale of disappointed hopes a feeling of considerable hope damaged beyond hope of repair keeping alive the hope that a peace settlement might be found the team’s championship hopes the treatment gave him renewed hope without any real hope of success young people who are full of hope for the future 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. She has high hopes of winning.Idioms to be in a situation where no improvement is possible to destroy somebody’s hopes by making what they were hoping for impossible Hopes of a peaceful settlement have been dashed.
to offer little, etc. reason for believing that something will happen The doctors did not hold out much hope for her recovery. (saying) people never stop hoping
because you want something to happen I called early in the hope of catching her before she went to work. He asked her again in the vain hope that he could persuade her to come (= it was impossible). (informal) to have no chance at all She doesn't have a hope of winning.
to rely on somebody/something completely for success or help The company is pinning its hopes on the new project. (British English, informal) used to say that there is no chance at all that something will happen