- hope [hōp]n.[ME < OE hopa, akin to Du hoop; see the v.]1. a feeling that what is wanted is likely to happen; desire accompanied by expectation2. the thing that one has a hope for3. a reason for hope4. a person or thing on which one may base some hope5. Archaic trust; reliancevt.hoped, hoping [ME hopen < OE hopian, to expect, look for, akin to Ger hoffen < ? same IE base as HOP1: orig. sense (?) “to leap up in expectation”]1. to have hope; want and expect [I hope to be there by 5:00]2. to want very much [I hope that your sick dog will recover]vi.1. to have hope (for)2. Archaic to trust or relySYN.- EXPECT——————hope against hopeto continue having hope though it seems baselesshopern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.