What is hope?

  • (noun): A specific instance of feeling hopeful.
    Example: "It revived their hope of winning the pennant"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Hope is the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Despair is the opposite of hope. Hope is the "feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best" or the act of "look forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence" or "feel that something desired may happen". Other definitions are "to cherish a desire with anticipation"; "to desire with expectation of obtainment"; or "to expect with confidence". In the English language the word can be used as either a noun or a verb, although hope as a concept has a similar meaning in either use.

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Some articles on hope:

Northop - Name Origin
... The name seems to be derived from North Hope, to distinguish it from the nearby village of Hope, which has also been known as East Hope ...
Hope (disambiguation)
... Hope is a belief in a positive outcome ... Hope may also refer to Hope (virtue), one of the three theological virtues in Christian tradition Hope (political party), in Slovakia ...
Kuru Kuru
... Villages Adventure Aishalton Annai Arimu Mine Belfield Beterverwagting Better Hope Biloku Blairmont Burma Buxton Campbelltown Cane Grove Charity Clonbrook Crabwood Creek El Paso Enmore ...
Tribe 8 (role-playing Game) - Setting
... "Fatimas" (Avatars of what is called "The One Goddess") imbued humanity with hope and with Synthesis, a potent but subtle form of dream magic ... warriors, dreamers, and leaders who hope to build something even when society has abandoned them ... It focuses on themes of spirituality, horror, and the cost of hope in a world that has gone terribly wrong ...

More definitions of "hope":

  • (verb): Expect and wish.
    Example: "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"
    Synonyms: trust, desire
  • (verb): Be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.
    Example: "I am still hoping that all will turn out well"
  • (noun): Grounds for feeling hopeful about the future.
    Synonyms: promise
  • (verb): Intend with some possibility of fulfilment.
    Example: "I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening"
    Synonyms: go for
  • (noun): The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled.
    Example: "In spite of his troubles he never gave up hope"
  • (noun): Someone (or something) on which expectations are centered.
    Example: "He was their best hope for a victory"
  • (noun): United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (born in 1903).
    Synonyms: Bob Hope, Leslie Townes Hope
  • (noun): One of the three Christian virtues.

Famous quotes containing the word hope:

    I have not much faith in women in fiction.... Women are so horribly subjective and they have such scorn for the healthy commonplace. When a woman writes a story of adventure, a stout sea tale, a manly battle yarn, anything without wine, women, and love, then I will begin to hope for something great from them, not before.
    Willa Cather (1873–1947)

    When we can drain the Ocean into mill-ponds, and bottle up the Force of Gravity, to be sold by retail, in gas jars; then may we hope to comprehend the infinitudes of man’s soul under formulas of Profit and Loss; and rule over this too, as over a patent engine, by checks, and valves, and balances.
    Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)

    High on a throne of his own labors reared.
    At his right hand our young Ascanius sate,
    Rome’s other hope and pillar of the state.
    His brows thick fogs, instead of glories, grace,
    And lambent dullness played around his face.
    John Dryden (1631–1700)