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Hope vs. May

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Hopenoun

The belief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen.

‘I still have some hope that I can get to work on time.’; ‘After losing my job, there's no hope of being able to afford my world cruise.’; ‘There is still hope that we can find our missing cat.’;

Mayverb

To be strong; to have power (over).

Hopenoun

(countable) The actual thing wished for.

Mayverb

To be able; can.

Hopenoun

(countable) A person or thing that is a source of hope.

‘We still have one hope left: my roommate might see the note I left on the table.’;

Mayverb

To be able to go.

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Hopenoun

The virtuous desire for future good.

Mayverb

To have permission to, be allowed. Used in granting permission and in questions to make polite requests.

‘you may smoke outside;’; ‘may I sit there?’;

Hopenoun

A hollow; a valley, especially the upper end of a narrow mountain valley when it is nearly encircled by smooth, green slopes; a comb.

Mayverb

Expressing a present possibility; possibly.

‘he may be lying;’; ‘Schrödinger's cat may or may not be in the box’;

Hopenoun

A sloping plain between mountain ridges.

Mayverb

Expressing a wish (with present subjunctive effect).

‘may you win;’; ‘may the weather be sunny’;

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Hopenoun

(Scotland) A small bay; an inlet; a haven.

Mayverb

Used in modesty, courtesy, or concession, or to soften a question or remark.

Hopeverb

To want something to happen, with a sense of expectation that it might.

‘I hope everyone enjoyed the meal.’; ‘I am still hoping that all will turn out well.’;

Mayverb

To gather may, or flowers in general.

Hopeverb

To be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.

Mayverb

To celebrate May Day.

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Hopeverb

(intransitive) To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; usually followed by in.

Maynoun

The hawthorn bush or its blossoms.

Hopeverb

To wish.

Maynoun

(archaic) A maiden.

Hopenoun

A sloping plain between mountain ridges.

Mayverb

An auxiliary verb qualifying the meaning of another verb,

‘How may a man, said he, with idle speech,Be won to spoil the castle of his health!’; ‘For what he [the king] may do is of two kinds; what he may do as just, and what he may do as possible.’; ‘For of all sad words of tongue or penThe saddest are these: "It might have been."’;

Hopenoun

A small bay; an inlet; a haven.

Mayverb

Liberty; permission; allowance.

‘Thou mayst be no longer steward.’;

Hopenoun

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.’; ‘He wished, but not with hope.’; ‘New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven.’;

Mayverb

Contingency or liability; possibility or probability.

‘Though what he learns he speaks, and may advanceSome general maxims, or be right by chance.’;

Hopenoun

One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good.

‘The Lord will be the hope of his people.’; ‘A young gentleman of great hopes, whose love of learning was highly commendable.’;

Mayverb

Modesty, courtesy, or concession, or a desire to soften a question or remark.

‘How old may Phillis be, you ask.’;

Hopenoun

That which is hoped for; an object of hope.

‘Lavina is thine elder brother's hope.’;

Mayverb

Desire or wish, as in prayer, imprecation, benediction, and the like.

Hopeverb

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.

‘But I will hope continually.’;

Maynoun

A maiden.

Hopeverb

To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; - usually followed by in.

‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God.’;

Maynoun

The fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.

Hopeverb

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.’; ‘[Charity] hopeth all things.’;

Maynoun

The early part or springtime of life.

‘His May of youth, and bloom of lustihood.’;

Hopeverb

To expect; to fear.

Maynoun

The flowers of the hawthorn; - so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.

‘The palm and may make country houses gay.’; ‘Plumes that mocked the may.’;

Hopenoun

a specific instance of feeling hopeful;

‘it revived their hope of winning the pennant’;

Maynoun

The merrymaking of May Day.

Hopenoun

the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled;

‘in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope’;

Maynoun

the month following April and preceding June

Hopenoun

grounds for feeling hopeful about the future;

‘there is little or no promise that he will recover’;

Maynoun

thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America

Hopenoun

someone (or something) on which expectations are centered;

‘he was their best hope for a victory’;

Mayverb

expressing possibility

‘that may be true’; ‘he may well win’;

Hopenoun

United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (born in 1903)

Mayverb

used when admitting that something is so before making another, more important point

‘they may have been old-fashioned but they were excellent teachers’;

Hopenoun

one of the three Christian virtues

Mayverb

used to ask for or to give permission

‘may I ask a few questions?’; ‘you may confirm my identity with your Case Officer, if you wish’;

Hopeverb

expect and wish;

‘I trust you will behave better from now on’; ‘I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise’;

Mayverb

expressing a wish or hope

‘may she rest in peace’;

Hopeverb

be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes;

‘I am still hoping that all will turn out well’;

Maynoun

the fifth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of spring

‘the full system was deployed last May’; ‘the new model makes its showroom debut in May’;

Hopeverb

intend with some possibility of fulfilment;

‘I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening’;

Maynoun

one's bloom or prime

‘others murmured that their May was passing’;

Hope

Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: and Among its opposites are dejection, hopelessness, and despair.

‘expect with confidence’; ‘to cherish a desire with anticipation.’;

May

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the third of seven months to have a length of 31 days. May is a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

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