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

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\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.
\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. 1
3. 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. 1
6. 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.
\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. 1
2. To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; -- usually followed by in. ``I hope in thy word.'' --Ps. cxix. 8
1. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God. --Ps. xlii. 1
\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.'' --Chaucer. 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. Centlivre.

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