hope·​ful | \ ˈhōp-fəl How to pronounce hopeful (audio) \

Definition of hopeful

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having qualities which inspire hope hopeful signs of economic recovery
2 : full of hope : inclined to hope



Definition of hopeful (Entry 2 of 2)

: aspirant Olympic hopefuls

Other Words from hopeful


hopefulness noun

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 Still, some investors are hopeful the worst may soon be over. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 Love can be so many things — euphoric, beautiful, painful, dark, hopeful (and) devastating. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 In an effort to connect with Junior Joe picks up Junior — who embodies a mix of the blasé, the wounded and the hopeful — and heads from Los Angeles to Joe’s childhood home in San Francisco’s Daly City. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 4 Aug. 2022 Scientists had been hopeful that amyloid — which has been the primary focus of Alzheimer’s treatment research for the past three decades — would be the key to solving Alzheimer’s. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 2 Aug. 2022 Webb is hopeful that his young team can make a run at state. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 Alaska veteran Don Jones, also with the Alaska Department of the American Legion, is hopeful the PACT Act will pass soon. Riley Rogerson, Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2022 The Sox were hopeful their second baseman could come off the IL once eligible on July 24, yet that proved to be overly ambitious with Story — while progressing — still feeling pain in that hand. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2022 The secretary revealed that the U.S. has already put forward a plan to accomplish that and is hopeful for a breakthrough on their cases. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The blockbuster hopeful opened in 15 major markets this week, including the likes of Italy, Mexico and Brazil, and has already sunk its teeth into $16.7 million through Thursday. Brent Lang, Variety, 3 June 2022 Hurley gained recognition as a hopeful on Love Is Blind's second season. Dory Jackson And Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 Who will earn the second spot is still unclear as Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former congressional hopeful, received 22 percent and Jill Galvez, a Chula Vista City Council member, followed closely with 20 percent. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2022 That includes Ryan Kelley, a GOP gubernatorial hopeful who declined to participate in a primary debate hosted at the conference. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2022 Viewers first met Hurley as a hopeful on the second season of Love Is Blind. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 7 July 2022 The singer — born in Kherson, Ukraine, and most recently based in the capital city of Kyiv — got his start as a hopeful on Ukraine’s local version of American Idol in 2008 and as a contestant in 2012’s Eurovision competition. Kristin Robinson, Billboard, 13 May 2022 There is a close race between the next two top vote-getters, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a former congressional hopeful, and Chula Vista Councilmember Jill Galvez. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2022 Diehl is one of five statewide candidates but the only gubernatorial hopeful to join the program, which offers public funds to candidates in return for agreeing to limits on spending. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hopeful


1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1720, in the meaning defined above

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“Hopeful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopeful. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hopeful


hope·​ful | \ ˈhōp-fəl How to pronounce hopeful (audio) \

Kids Definition of hopeful

1 : full of hope
2 : giving hope : promising a hopeful sign

Other Words from hopeful

hopefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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