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hopeful

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adjective hope·ful \ˈhōp-fəl\

Simple Definition of hopeful

  • : full of hope : feeling or showing hope

  • : giving someone feelings of hope

Full Definition of hopeful

  1. 1 :  having qualities which inspire hope <hopeful signs of economic recovery>

  2. 2 :  full of hope :  inclined to hope

hope·ful·ness noun

Examples of hopeful

  1. The mood is sad rather than hopeful.

  2. He was hopeful that things would get better soon.

  3. I still feel hopeful about the future.

  4. She is hopeful of winning the race.

  5. a hopeful tone of voice

  6. There are hopeful signs that the crisis may end soon.

  7. The movie has a hopeful ending.

  8. Investigators report that there have been some hopeful developments in the case.



1568

First Known Use of hopeful

1568


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hopeful

noun hope·ful

Simple Definition of hopeful

  • : a person who hopes to do something

Full Definition of hopeful

  1. :  aspirant <Olympic hopefuls>

Examples of hopeful

  1. <the three mayoral hopefuls are going to debate on local TV>



1720

First Known Use of hopeful

1720



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