hope Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “hope” in the English Dictionary

"hope" in British English

See all translations

hopeverb [I or T]

uk   /həʊp/  us   /hoʊp/
A2 to ​want something to ​happen or to be ​true, and usually have a good ​reason to ​think that it might: I'm hoping for an ​interview next ​week. [+ (that)] She's hoping (that) she won't be away too ​long. I hope (that) she'll ​win. We have to hope and ​pray (that) the ​operation will go well. [+ to infinitive] They hope tovisit us next ​year. It's good ​news, I hope. "Will you be at the ​meetingtomorrow?" "I hope not/so".
More examples

hopenoun [C or U]

uk   /həʊp/  us   /hoʊp/
B1 something good that you ​want to ​happen in the ​future, or a ​confidentfeeling about what will ​happen in the ​future: What are ​your hopes and ​dreams for the ​future? Is there any hope of getting ​financialsupport for the ​project? [+ that] Is there any hope that they will be ​home in ​time? Young ​people are ​growing up in ​ourcities without any hope offinding a ​job. His ​reply dashed (= ​destroyed)our hopes. They have pinned (all)their hopes on (= they are ​depending for ​success on)their new ​player. She's very ​ill, but there's still hope/we live in hope (= we ​think she might be ​cured). The ​situation is now beyond/past hope (= ​unlikely to ​produce the ​desiredresult). We never gave up hope (= ​stopped hoping) that she would be ​foundalive. The ​letteroffered us a ​glimmer/​ray of (= a little) hope. I didn't ​phone until four o'clock in the hope that you'd be ​finished. I don't ​hold out much hope of getting (= I don't ​expect to be ​able to get) a ​ticket.
More examples
(Definition of hope from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hope" in American English

See all translations

hopenoun [C/U]

 us   /hoʊp/
the ​feeling that something ​desired can be had or will ​happen: [U] We never ​entirely gave up hope. [U] This ​researchoffers hope of ​developingbetterways to ​treatcancer. [C] He had hopes of being ​chosen for the ​leadingpart in the ​play.


 us   /hoʊp/
to ​express the ​feeling or ​wish that something ​desired will ​happen: [I] I’m hoping the ​company gives us a ​bonus this ​year. [+ to infinitive] We hope to ​see you ​soon. [+ (that) clause] I hope (that) his ​plane won’t be ​delayed.
(Definition of hope from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hope”
in Korean 소망하다, 바라다…
in Arabic يَأمَل…
in Malaysian harap…
in French espérer…
in Russian надеяться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 希望,盼望…
in Italian sperare…
in Turkish ummak, ümit etmek, beklemek…
in Polish mieć nadzieję…
in Spanish esperar…
in Vietnamese hy vọng, ước mong…
in Portuguese esperar…
in Thai หวัง…
in German hoffen…
in Catalan esperar…
in Japanese (~を)願う…
in Chinese (Simplified) 希望,盼望…
in Indonesian mengharapkan…
What is the pronunciation of hope?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“hope” in British English

“hope” in American English

Word of the Day


a natural ability or skill

Word of the Day

Tree huggers and climate change deniers
Tree huggers and climate change deniers
by Colin McIntosh,
October 08, 2015
The climate debate is one that has predictably generated a large amount of new vocabulary, some of it originally specialized scientific terminology that has been taken up by the media and is now common currency. Some of these terms are new additions to the Cambridge English Dictionary. The two opposing sides in

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More