hopian

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *hopōn.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈxo.pi.ɑn/, [ˈho.pi.ɑn]

Verb[edit]

hopian

  1. to hope (+genitive for something)
    hopiġe beterena daga.
    I hope for better days.
    Uton ealle hopian þæs betstan and wēnan þæs wierrestan.
    Let's all hope for the best and expect the worst.

Usage notes[edit]

A following clause expressing what is hoped is usually in the subjunctive mood: Iċ hopiġe þæt þū nǣfre ne āfinde hwæt on mīnre heortan is (“I hope you never find out what's in my heart”).

Conjugation[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: hopen