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n. Obsolete

[Middle English esperaunce, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *spērantia, from Latin spērāns, spērant-, present participle of spērāre, to hope; see spē- in Indo-European roots.]


archaic hope or expectation
[C15: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin sperantia (unattested), from Latin spērāre to hope, from spēs hope]



n., v. hoped, hop•ing. n.
1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out well.
2. a particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning.
3. grounds for this feeling in a particular instance: There is little hope of his recovery.
4. a person or thing in which expectations are centered: The medicine was her last hope.
5. something that is hoped for.
6. to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
7. to believe, desire, or trust: I hope you will be happy.
8. to feel that something desired may happen: We hope for an early spring.
9. Archaic. to place trust; rely (usu. fol. by in).
hope against hope, to continue to hope when the situation appears bleak.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hopa, c. Old Frisian, Middle Dutch hope, Middle High German hoffe]
hop′er, n.
hop′ing•ly, adv.
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