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. 16.
"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.