hopeful

adjective
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

hopeful

noun

Definition of hopeful (Entry 2 of 2)

: aspirant Olympic hopefuls

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Other Words from hopeful

Adjective

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Instead, Granholm toed a more hopeful line, just like John Kerry a few weeks ago, claiming Americans didn’t need a deadline for giving up coal. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 2 June 2021 The playwright’s own mood shifted over the years, which may account for the more hopeful tone the play has apparently taken on. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 Others were more hopeful that an equilibrium would be maintained. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 31 May 2021 Guadagnino seemed more hopeful in past years that a sequel could happen for the story of Elio (Chalamet), an Italian teen in the 1980s who experiences a summer of intoxicating romance with his father's research assistant, Oliver (Hammer). Nick Romano, EW.com, 28 May 2021 But at the groundbreaking Monday, many were hopeful the subway could be transformative. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 Yet Reilly is hopeful that Jibo will one day be able to help her patients. Katie Engelhart, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 After many months of being told to mask up and keep their distance, millions of citizens are now grappling with when, whether and where to ditch or wear face coverings as a more hopeful stage dawns in a still dangerous crisis. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 17 May 2021 Americans who are vaccinated against COVID-19 now have a green light from federal health authorities to take off their masks, signaling a more hopeful phase in the nation's 14-month battle against the pandemic. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The response was greeted with dismay by gun control advocates, who doubtless would prefer the kind of bold-stroke measures the vice president had promised as a presidential hopeful. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2021 Karen Lewis, a former Chicago Teachers Union president and onetime mayoral hopeful, has died at age 67, a spokeswoman said Monday. Sophia Tareen, Star Tribune, 8 Feb. 2021 But, even if another hopeful can get on the list, Guterres would still be the favorite. Ben Evansky, Fox News, 6 May 2021 As the Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger writes, the Republican Senate hopeful made tens of thousands of dollars on stock like Facebook, Intel and Microsoft. cleveland, 5 May 2021 Stringer, along with several other candidates, including 2021 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, did not attend. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 28 Apr. 2021 Pence, who has been considered a possible 2024 presidential hopeful, got back in the political mix Wednesday with the launch of a conservative advocacy group. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2021 Those are all key metrics for someone who is widely believed to be a 2024 presidential hopeful—perhaps more so than a long list of bills signed into law. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Mar. 2021 So at gatherings like a recent fund-raiser for Kathryn Garcia, a Democratic hopeful, that barrier has been top of mind. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hopeful

Adjective

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1720, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hopeful was in 1568

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15 Jun 2021

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“Hopeful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopeful. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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hopeful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hopeful

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: full of hope : feeling or showing hope
: giving someone feelings of hope

hopeful

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hopeful (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who hopes to do something

hopeful

adjective
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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