• To want something to happen, with a sense of expectation that it might.
  • To be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.
  • To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; usually followed by in.
  • To wish.


  • The feeling of trust, confidence, belief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen.
  • The actual thing wished for.
  • A person or thing that is a source of hope.
  • The virtuous desire for future good.
  • A hollow; a valley, especially the upper end of a narrow mountain valley when it is nearly encircled by smooth, green slopes; a combe.
  • A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
  • A small bay; an inlet; a haven.


  • From Middle English hopen, from Old English hopian ("hope"), from Proto-West Germanic *hopōn, further etymology unclear.
  • From Middle English hope, from Old English hopa ("hope, expectation"), from the same source as the verb hope.
  • From Middle English hope ("a valley"), from Old English hōp (found only in placenames). More at hoop.
  • From Icelandic hóp ("a small bay or inlet"). Cognate with English hoop.

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