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adjective hope·ful \ˈhōp-fəl\

Definition of hopeful

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

  2. 2 :  full of hope :  inclined to hope

hopefulness

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Examples of hopeful in a sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of hopeful

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noun hope·ful

Definition of hopeful

  1. :  aspirant Olympic hopefuls

Examples of hopeful in a sentence

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

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First Known Use of hopeful

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HOPEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective hope·ful \ˈhōp-fəl\

Definition of hopeful for English Language Learners

  • : full of hope : feeling or showing hope

  • : giving someone feelings of hope


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hopeful

noun hope·ful

Definition of hopeful for English Language Learners

  • : a person who hopes to do something


HOPEFUL Defined for Kids

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adjective hope·ful \ˈhōp-fəl\

Definition of hopeful for Students

  1. 1 :  full of hope

  2. 2 :  giving hope :  promising a hopeful sign

hopefully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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