hopeful

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adjective

hope·​ful ˈhōp-fəl How to pronounce hopeful (audio)
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: having qualities which inspire hope
hopeful signs of economic recovery
2
: full of hope : inclined to hope
hopefulness noun

hopeful

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noun

: aspirant
Olympic hopefuls

Examples of hopeful in a Sentence

Adjective The mood is sad rather than hopeful. He was hopeful that things would get better soon. I still feel hopeful about the future. She is hopeful of winning the race. a hopeful tone of voice There are hopeful signs that the crisis may end soon. The movie has a hopeful ending. Investigators report that there have been some hopeful developments in the case. Noun the three mayoral hopefuls are going to debate on local TV See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
And a film that felt at once hopeful and foreboding now takes on a dreadful prescience. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 Dodgers Dodgers are hopeful Tyler Glasnow can be an ace. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Although Organized Crime strays from the typical Law & Order format, there have been numerous crossovers — and fans are hopeful that more will come. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 Today, hopeful fiancés are pinning on being proposed to with a tourmaline, emerald or sapphire instead. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 No masks left on, Hilton’s never forced into a grin and the young women, never nudged to diminish their vibrant and hopeful glimpses ahead. Holly Jones, Variety, 14 Feb. 2024 Investors have been hopeful that the Fed will quickly cut interest rates, which remain at a 23-year high at 5.25% to 5.5%. Megan Poinski, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 In 1976, the mayoral hopeful Bella Abzug and others held rallies at the Baths. Penelope Green, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Tara Holcomb, a school librarian, left the session hopeful the curriculum could lead to less misinformation and fake news in the world, as well as empower kids to become responsible media navigators, something she’s already seen students express interest in. Hannah Poukish, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024
Noun
This year’s Oscars nominees luncheon was earlier this week, with 184 of this year’s hopefuls gathered to pose for a photo together. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 This year's crop of Oscar-statuette hopefuls includes 10 first-time nominees among the acting categories: Blunt, 40, Brooks, 34, Brown, 47, Domingo, 54, Ferrera, 39, Gladstone, 37, Hüller, 45, Murphy, 47, Randolph, 37, and Wright, 58. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Job opportunities are top of mind for many voters, with presidential hopefuls vowing to propel the country’s economic growth fueled by rich natural resources and trade opportunities. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 Heading into the 2012 election, a handful of White House hopefuls were provided with Secret Service details, including then-Sen. Barack Obama, according to Alexis Coe, a presidential historian and fellow at New America, a public policy think tank. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 29 Jan. 2024 Besides Haley, the seven-person GOP primary field included former candidates Mike Pence and Tim Scott, who both dropped out of the race after the primary ballot had been locked in, as well as four relatively unknown hopefuls. CBS News, 7 Feb. 2024 Oaklawn's next points race for Derby hopefuls is the Grade 2 $1 million Rebel on Feb. 24, followed by the Grade 1 $1.5 million Arkansas Derby March 30. Bob Wisener, arkansasonline.com, 4 Feb. 2024 The District 16 race, which encompasses parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, is a rare chance for congressional hopefuls in Silicon Valley looking to propel themselves to Washington D.C. without battling an incumbent. Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 Republican presidential hopefuls have been campaigning across all 99 of Iowa’s counties ahead of the caucuses, but some could carry more political weight than others. Misty Severi, Washington Examiner, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1720, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hopeful was in 1568

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“Hopeful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopeful. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hopeful

1 of 2 adjective
hope·​ful ˈhōp-fəl How to pronounce hopeful (audio)
1
: having qualities which inspire hope
2
: full of or inclined to hope
hopefulness noun

hopeful

2 of 2 noun
: a person who has hopes or is considered promising

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