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

Although my dad is always very hopeful that the pregnancies are true. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Mila Kunis gets real about tabloid pregnancy rumors in her 'Cosmopolitan' cover issue," 3 July 2018 Although my dad is always very hopeful that the pregnancies are true. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Mila Kunis Says Tabloid Gossip Causes 'Stress' on Her Family 'Nobody Will Understand'," 2 July 2018 However, after waiting this long, fans can at least remain hopeful that the wait for a release date shouldn't last much longer. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "The Princess Diaries 3"," 6 Feb. 2019 But like the humans, Vulcans, and (eventually) Klingons that fill Starfleet ranks, fans must remain hopeful. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Harlan Ellison Turned Star Trek Into Something More. Could It Happen Again?," 29 June 2018 Jesse Ricketson remains hopeful that his father will be acquitted once the trial gets underway. Eli Meixler / Phnom Penh, Time, "Cambodia Is Putting an Australian Filmmaker on Trial for Espionage. His Family Says He's Innocent," 15 June 2018 So while this spending spree may not continue, Barclays economists remain hopeful, projecting the economy will expand at 3.5% in 2018, up from an earlier forecast of 3%, according to CNN. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Consumers Are Spending Like Crazy Again. Here's Why," 14 June 2018 Consider the sunny addition an official harbinger of warmth, and a hopeful goodbye to winter. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Shows How a Risky Eyeshadow Shade Is Done," 5 Mar. 2019 And despite this cascade of scandals, 2018 also saw dozens, hundreds, of hopeful and positive deployments of machine learning and AI. James Vincent, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AI," 30 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There might be a heavy favorite or two among hopefuls for tonight’s Tony Awards, the annual Broadway theater honors. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Look for a more toned-down Tony Awards tonight, as Broadway celebrates year's best," 10 June 2018 Among the hopefuls was a coalition of Bay Area cities — Concord, Fremont, Oakland, Richmond and San Francisco — who submitted a joint bid in October. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Silicon Valley doesn’t make cut for Amazon’s second headquarters," 18 Jan. 2018 Not every candidate or potential hopeful is taking the address-it-head-on approach. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Democratic Presidential Candidates Roll Dice on Confronting Criticism of Their Pasts," 23 Jan. 2019 The 2016 presidential field, which included more than 15 GOP hopefuls, collectively raised $1.5 billion, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Small Campaign Donors Are Gift That Keeps Giving," 18 Nov. 2018 This seems in keeping with the rest of the field of 2020 Democratic hopefuls, who are starting to roll out policies that would greatly expand the public safety net and constitute a significant wealth distribution from the wealthy to the poor. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "An exclusive look at Cory Booker’s plan to fight wealth inequality: give poor kids money," 22 Oct. 2018 The class welcomed college students, bartending hopefuls and a few who had moderate experience in the industry but were looking to advance their skills. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Copper & Kings wants to help low-wage workers. How? Superb cocktails," 29 May 2018 But with the news that Jughead's mom and sister are coming on board (played by Gina Gershon and newcomer Trinity Likins), what does that mean for F.P. and Alice hopefuls? Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Here's What's Going to Happen This Season of Riverdale," 10 Oct. 2018 Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is expected to throw to NFL hopefuls Christian Kirk and other Aggies wide receivers at Texas A&M's Pro Day on Tuesday, according to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Johnny Manziel To Throw At Texas A&M Pro Day," 26 Mar. 2018

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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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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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