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n., v. hoped, hop•ing. n.
See Also: DREAMS
- As renewed as a baby born to middle life —Richard Ford
- As spring flowers are promised by seed-sellers in their new catalogues, you too were once full of promise —Charles Simic
- Carry hope like a tallow candle —Marge Piercy
- Cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay —Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Every wish is like a prayer with God —Elizabeth Barrett
- Full of inexpressible expectations, like a child running downstairs on Christmas morning, not knowing what wonderful things may be in the stocking —Harvey Swados
- Had his hopes jerked back and forth like Pinocchio —dialogue from “Hill Street Blues,” television drama, broadcast 1987
- Hope dawned in the distance like a sail —Marguerite Yourcenar
- Hope is like the setting of the sun. The brightness of our life is gone —William Wadsworth Longfellow
- (Nothing in the world is as) hopeful as knowing a woman you like is somewhere thinking about only you —Richard Ford
- Hopeful, like extras at an audition —Lawrence Durrell
- Hope has as many lifes as a cat or a king —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Hope is a kind of cheat: in the minute of our disappointment we are angry; but upon the whole matter there is no pleasure without it —Lord Halifax
- Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us —Samuel Smiles
- Hope is nearly as strong as despair, and greatly more pertinacious and enduring —Walter Savage Landor
- Hope is to a man as a bladder to a learning swimmer; it keeps him from sinking … but yet many times it makes him venture beyond his height —Owen Feltham
- Hope … it’s like a fire in the wind; the slightest breeze will diminish it, but if I feed it the wind will make it blaze —Richard Maynard
- Hope’s as cheap as despair —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
- Hopes like a child —Randall Jarrell
- Hope springing like a Jack-in-the-box —Alice McDermott
- It was as though a great eraser had swept across Stern’s mind, and he was ready to start fresh again —Bruce Jay Friedman
- Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines —Edward Young
- Living on hope is like living on an 800 calorie-a-day diet —Anon
This may have its origins in a Scottish proverb: “He who lives on hope lives on a very lean diet.”
- Look at hopefully, like a bird with its beak open waiting for a nice juicy worm —Sara Woods
See Also: LOOKS
- Plucked my spirits up like a hitchhiker who catches a ride when all hope was lost —Richard Ford
- Through the sunset of hope like the shapes of a dream, what paradise islands of glory gleam —Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Wishes, like painted landscape … afar off they appear beautiful; but near they show their coarse and ordinary colors —Thomas Yalden
If you hope that something is true or will happen, you want it to be true or to happen.
You often use I hope to express a wish that someone will have a pleasant time. After hope you can use either the future form or the present simple. For example, you can say 'I hope you'll enjoy the film' or 'I hope you enjoy the film'.
If you say to someone that you hope they are going to do something, you are usually asking or reminding them to do something that they may not want to do.
If someone says that something is true or will happen, or asks you whether something is true or will happen, you can express your wish that it is true or will happen by saying I hope so.
Don't say 'I hope it'.
Similarly, you can express your wish that something is not true or will not happen by saying I hope not.
Don't say 'I don't hope so'.
Past participle: hoped
|Noun||1.||hope - a specific instance of feeling hopeful; "it revived their hope of winning the pennant"|
|2.||hope - the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled; "in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope"|
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
hopefulness - the feeling you have when you have hope
encouragement - the feeling of being encouraged
optimism - the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well
despair - the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well; "they moaned in despair and dismay"; "one harsh word would send her into the depths of despair"
|3.||hope - grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is little or no promise that he will recover"|
rainbow - an illusory hope; "chasing rainbows"
|4.||hope - someone (or something) on which expectations are centered; "he was their best hope for a victory"|
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
|5.||Hope - United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (1903-2003)|
|6.||hope - one of the three Christian virtues|
|Verb||1.||hope - expect and wish; "I trust you will behave better from now on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"|
wish - hope for; have a wish; "I wish I could go home now"
|2.||hope - be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes; "I am still hoping that all will turn out well"|
desire, want - feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
despair - abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart; "Don't despair--help is on the way!"
|3.||hope - intend with some possibility of fulfilment; "I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening"|
"Hope springs eternal in the human breast;"
"Man never Is, but always To be blest" [Alexander Pope An Essay on Man]
"He that lives in hope danceth without music" [George Herbert Outlandish Proverbs]
"While there's life, there's hope" [Cicero Letters to Atticus]
"Hope is the poor man's bread" [George Herbert Jacula Prudentum]
"What is hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of" [Lord Byron]
"Abandon hope, all ye who enter here" [Dante Divine Comedy]
"Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper"
where there's life there's hope → mientras hay vida, hay esperanza
my hope is that he'll see reason → espero que entre en razón
to be beyond (all) hope [damaged article] → no tener posibilidad de reparación; [person] → no tener remedio
to build one's hopes up (about or over sth) → hacerse ilusiones (con algo)
to be full of hope → estar lleno de esperanzas or ilusión
to get one's hopes up (about or over sth) → hacerse ilusiones (con algo)
don't get your hopes up → no te hagas ilusiones
to give up hope (of doing sth) → perder las esperanzas (de hacer algo)
to have hopes of doing sth → tener esperanzas de hacer algo
I haven't much hope of succeeding → no tengo muchas esperanzas de conseguirlo
I had great hopes of or for him → tenía muchas esperanzas puestas en él
he set out with high hopes → empezó lleno de esperanzas or ilusión, empezó con muchas esperanzas
I ignored him in the hope that he would go away → no le hice caso con la esperanza de que se fuera
I don't think there's much chance but we live in hope → no creo que haya muchas posibilidades pero la esperanza es lo último que se pierde
she lives in (the) hope of seeing her son again → vive con la esperanza de volver a ver a su hijo
to lose hope (of doing sth) → perder las esperanzas (de hacer algo)
to be past hope [damaged article] → no tener posibilidad de reparación; [person] → no tener remedio
to place one's hope(s) in/on sth → depositar las esperanzas en algo
to raise sb's hopes → dar esperanzas a algn
don't raise her hopes too much → no le des demasiadas esperanzas
don't raise your hopes → no te hagas ilusiones
see also false A3
see also forlorn, pin B3
he hasn't much hope of winning → no tiene muchas posibilidades de ganar
there is little hope of reaching an agreement → hay pocas posibilidades or esperanzas de llegar a un acuerdo
you haven't got a hope in hell → no tienes la más remota posibilidad
there's no hope of that → no hay posibilidad de eso
not a hope! → ¡ni en sueños!
your only hope is to → tu única esperanza es ...
some hope(s)! "have you got the day off tomorrow?" - "some hope(s)!" → -¿libras mañana? -¡qué va! or ¡ya quisiera yo!
"maybe she'll change her mind" - "some hope(s)!" → -tal vez cambie de idea -¡no caerá esa breva!
your mother is well, I hope? → espero que su madre esté bien
to hope that → esperar que ... + subjun
I hope he comes soon → espero que venga pronto, ojalá venga pronto
I was hoping you'd stay → esperaba que te quedaras
I hope you don't think I'm going to do it! → ¡no pensarás que lo voy a hacer yo!
I hope to God or hell she remembers → quiera el cielo que se acuerde
to hope to do sth → esperar hacer algo
what do you hope to gain from that? → ¿qué esperas ganar or conseguir con eso?
hoping to hear from you → en espera or a la espera de recibir noticias tuyas
let's hope it doesn't rain → esperemos que no llueva
I hope not → espero que no
I hope so → espero que sí
I should hope so (too)! → ¡eso espero!
"I washed my hands first" - "I should hope so too!" → -me he lavado las manos antes -¡eso espero!
"but I apologized" - "I should hope so too!" → -pero me disculpé -¡faltaría más!
to hope against hope → esperar en vano
to hope for sth → esperar algo
it's the best we can hope for → no podemos esperar nada mejor
we're hoping for a boy this time → esta vez esperamos que sea niño
I shouldn't hope for too much from this meeting → no depositaría muchas esperanzas en esta reunión
I always knew it was too much to hope for → siempre supe que era mucho pedir
we'll just have to hope for the best → esperemos que todo salga bien
I'm just going to enter the competition and hope for the best → voy a presentarme al concurso y que sea lo que Dios quiera
to hope in God → confiar en Dios
to hope (that) ... → espérer que ...
I hope he comes → J'espère qu'il va venir.
I hope you don't mind → J'espère que ça ne te dérange pas.
to hope to do sth → espérer faire qch
I hope so → je l'espère
I hope not → j'espère que non
to hope for sth (= hope to get) → espérer avoir qch
I'm hoping for good results → J'espère avoir de bons résultats.
to hope for the best → espérer que tout se passe pour le mieux
to hope against hope that ... (= despite everything) → espérer en dépit de tout que ...
to have high hopes (= be confident) → avoir bon espoir
She has high hopes that her condition will improve → Elle a bon espoir que sa condition s'améliorera.
to give up hope → perdre espoir
Don't give up hope! → Ne perds pas espoir!
to get one's hopes up (= be over-optimistic)
Don't get your hopes up! → N'y compte pas trop!
to have no hope of sth [success, victory] → n'avoir aucune chance de qch
to have no hope of doing sth [+ winning, succeeding, finding] → n'avoir aucune chance de faire qch
not a hope in hell
You haven't got a hope in hell of doing it → Tu n'as pas la moindre chance de le faire.
in the hope of doing sth → dans l'espoir de faire qch
in the hope that → dans l'espoir que
some hope! → tu parles!
not a hope! → tu parles !hoped-for [ˈhʊptfɔːr] adj [result, outcome] → espéré(e)
he is past or beyond all hope → per lui non c'è più nessuna speranza
to live in hope → vivere sperando or nella speranza
in the hope of doing sth → nella speranza di fare qc
in the hope of sth → nella speranza di avere or ottenere qc
there is no hope of that → non c'è da farci nessun conto
with high hopes → con grandi speranze
to raise sb's hopes → far nascere delle speranze in qn
to lose hope → perdere ogni speranza or tutte le speranze
what a hope!, some hopes! (fam) → figurati!