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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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 Republicans are hopeful that as states reopen, the economy will improve, lessening the need for more federal funds. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, McConnell meet as Senate declines to debate virus aid," 21 May 2020 Yet, given the profound flaws of the American health-care system, there is something hopeful about Open Insulin’s approach. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Rogue Experimenters," 18 May 2020 But some are staying hopeful about planning a winter vacation in uncertain times. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Travelers Are Booking Winter Vacations—Despite the Uncertainty," 8 May 2020 Nevertheless, the forceful and hopeful approach is the right one. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Biden’s Path to Party Unity Begins With Concessions," 23 Apr. 2020 Crowley is hopeful that the floral industry will receive more support and clear direction in advance of Mother's Day, one of their busiest days of the year. Melissa Batchelor Warnke, House Beautiful, "How the Flower Industry Is Evolving In Response to This Pandemic," 23 Apr. 2020 Staying hopeful and optimistic right now sometimes feels difficult (if not impossible), and having a good distraction can be incredibly helpful. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "17 Beauty Products Allure Editors Fell in Love With While Working From Home," 9 Apr. 2020 At least half of the Indian startup CEOs are hopeful the country will move past the coronavirus threat in the next three months, and new business opportunities will start coming up from June. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Salary cuts arrive at Indian startups amid the coronavirus slump," 2 Apr. 2020 Jane Ratcliffe | Longreads | March 2020 | 15 minutes (3,519 words) Lidia Yuknavitch’s disquieting new collection of short stories, Verge, is often bleak, yet also exquisitely hopeful. Jane Ratcliffe, Longreads, "“The Anger of Women is an Earth-shattering Thing”: Lidia Yuknavitch on Resisting the Hero Narrative and the Body as a Generator of Stories.," 14 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun CBS News political unit associate producer Sarah Ewall-Wice says presidential and congressional hopefuls have taken different approaches to keeping the cash flowing. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Campaigns get creative as fundraising deadline looms," 31 Mar. 2020 Tzintzún Ramirez, who last month shared Hispanic support with other hopefuls with Hispanic surnames, is now leading among Latinos, with 13%. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Bernie Sanders, aided by Hispanics, bursts into lead in Texas primary, Dallas News-UT Tyler poll shows," 1 Mar. 2020 The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful also spent some private time with contest winner Kara Guillot from Texas, as well as runner-up Tyler Pickers from Maine, who donated for a chance to win an afternoon on the slopes with the candidate. NBC News, "Tulsi Gabbard hits the slopes for votes in New Hampshire: A 'better way' to campaign," 28 Jan. 2020 Sports agent Rich Paul responded to the recent NCAA rule proclaiming that agents must have a bachelor's degree in order to work with NBA draft hopefuls with an op-ed in The Athletic published on Monday. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Rich Paul: New NCAA Rule Regarding Agents Makes No Sense," 12 Aug. 2019 As the youngest living with 10 other hopefuls, there were many adjustments to be made in the city, but Sissi's rise was rapid. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Sissi: The Brazilian who defied a dictatorship to become a World Cup great," 21 June 2019 In November matchups, both Democratic Senate hopefuls trail incumbent Republican John Cornyn. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texans wary of flying because of coronavirus, cautious about in-person shopping, Dallas News-UT Tyler poll shows," 2 May 2020 Former Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is among those backing a project to distribute $1,000 each to 100,000 low-income families hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Fortune’s David Z. Morris reports. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Market gains fizzle ahead of today’s jobless data," 23 Apr. 2020 Like other Democratic hopefuls heeding the party’s strategy in the 2018 midterms, Harrison is foregrounding the issue of health care access. Paul Bowers, The New Republic, "How Lindsey Graham Could Lose in 2020," 16 Mar. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Hopeful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopeful. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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hopeful

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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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