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Meaning of HOPE

Pronunciation:  howp, howp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of the three Christian virtues
  2. [n]  grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is little or no promise that he will recover"
  3. [n]  a specific instance of feeling hopeful; "it revived their hope of winning the pennant"
  4. [n]  the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled; "in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope"
  5. [n]  someone (or something) on which expectations are centered; "he was their best hope for a victory"
  6. [n]  United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (born in 1903)
  7. [v]  intend with some possibility of fulfilment; "I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening"
  8. [v]  be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes; "I am still hoping that all will turn out well"
  9. [v]  expect with desire; "I trust you will behave better from now on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"

HOPE is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: Bob Hope, go for, Leslie Townes Hope, promise, trust
 Antonyms: despair, despair
 See Also: anticipation, be after, comedian, comic, desire, encouragement, expectancy, expectation, feeling, hopefulness, human, individual, mortal, optimism, outlook, person, plan, prospect, rainbow, somebody, someone, soul, supernatural virtue, theological virtue, want, wish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hope\, n. [Cf. Icel. h[=o]p a small bay or inlet.]
    1. A sloping plain between mountain ridges. [Obs.]
    2. A small bay; an inlet; a haven. [Scot.] --Jamieson.
  2. \Hope\, n. [AS., akin to D. hoop, hope, Sw. hopp, Dan.
    haab, MHG. hoffe. Hope in forlorn hope is different word. See
    Forlorn hope, under {Forlorn}.]
    1. A desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of
       obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an
       expectation of something which is thought to be desirable;
       confidence; pleasing expectancy.
             The hypocrite's hope shall perish.    --Job vii. 13.
             He wished, but not with hope.         --Milton.
             New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven. --Keble.
    2. One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of
       expectation, or promises desired good.
             The Lord will be the hope of his people. --Joel iii.
             A young gentleman of great hopes, whose love of
             learning was highly commendable.      --Macaulay.
    3. That which is hoped for; an object of hope.
             Lavina is thine elder brother's hope. --Shak.
  3. \Hope\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hoped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Hoping}.] [AS. hopian; akin to D. hopen, Sw. hopp?, Dan.
    haabe, G. hoffen. See 2nd {Hope}.]
    1. To entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good,
       or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it
       or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; -- usually
       followed by for. ``Hope for good success.'' --Jer. Taylor.
             But I will hope continually.          --Ps. lxxi.
    2. To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation
       of good; -- usually followed by in. ``I hope in thy
       word.'' --Ps. cxix. 81.
             Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou
             disquieted within me? Hope thou in God. --Ps. xlii.
  4. \Hope\, v. t.
    1. To desire with expectation or with belief in the
       possibility or prospect of obtaining; to look forward to
       as a thing desirable, with the expectation of obtaining
       it; to cherish hopes of.
             We hope no other from your majesty.   --Shak.
             [Charity] hopeth all things.          --1 Cor. xiii.
    2. To expect; to fear. [Obs.] ``I hope he will be dead.''
    Note: Hope is often used colloquially regarding
          uncertainties, with no reference to the future. ``I
          hope she takes me to be flesh and blood.'' --Mrs.
Computing Dictionary

A functional programming language designed by R.M. Burstall, D.B. MacQueen and D.T. Sanella at university of edinburgh in 1978. It is a large language supporting user-defined prefix, infix or distfix operators. Hope has polymorphic typing and allows overloading of operators which requires explicit type declarations. Hope has lazy lists and was the first language to use call-by-pattern.

It has been ported to unix, macintosh, and ibm pc.

See also hope+, hope+c, massey hope, concurrent massey hope.


[R.M.Burstall, D.B.MacQueen, D.T.Sanella, "HOPE: An experimental applicative language", Proc. 1980 Lisp conf., Stanford, CA, p.136-143, Aug 1980].

["A HOPE Tutorial", R. Bailey, BYTE Aug 1985, pp.235-258].

["Functional Programming with Hope", R. Bailey, Ellis Horwood 1990].

Easton Bible Dictionary

one of the three main elements of Christian character (1 Cor. 13:13). It is joined to faith and love, and is opposed to seeing or possessing (Rom. 8:24; 1 John 3:2). "Hope is an essential and fundamental element of Christian life, so essential indeed, that, like faith and love, it can itself designate the essence of Christianity (1 Pet. 3:15; Heb. 10:23). In it the whole glory of the Christian vocation is centred (Eph. 1:18; 4:4)." Unbelievers are without this hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13). Christ is the actual object of the believer's hope, because it is in his second coming that the hope of glory will be fulfilled (1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27; Titus 2:13). It is spoken of as "lively", i.e., a living, hope, a hope not frail and perishable, but having a perennial life (1 Pet. 1:3). In Rom. 5:2 the "hope" spoken of is probably objective, i.e., "the hope set before us," namely, eternal life (comp. 12:12). In 1 John 3:3 the expression "hope in him" ought rather to be, as in the Revised Version, "hope on him," i.e., a hope based on God.

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