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

Still, three hopeful diners strolled up ahead of the five-o’clock opening on a recent Sunday, only to be told that no tables were available for the entire evening. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Maison Yaki’s Cheeky French-Japanese Fusion," 14 June 2019 Still, Herold, Bluestone, Skyler, and some others remained hopeful in the face of skepticism. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "In milestone trial, experimental drug delays type 1 diabetes," 9 June 2019 The Warriors remain hopeful that Durant — who last played May 8 — can follow the lead of Thompson and Looney and finally make a comeback in Game 5 after missing the past nine games. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Raptors Won Game 4 and Are 1 Win From an N.B.A. Championship," 7 June 2019 During her Elkhart appearance Wednesday, the presidential hopeful told the crowd of roughly 600 about her plans to implement a wealth tax, increase the minimum wage and ensure all Americans have the ability to access abortions. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Elkhart, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg's backyard," 5 June 2019 All sides, including officials from Mexico meeting with Trump negotiators in Washington this week, remain hopeful that high-level talks will ease the president away from his threat. Lisa Mascaro, Time, "GOP Splits With President Trump as Senators Loudly Oppose Mexico Tariff Threat," 4 June 2019 Mathews pushed the Democratic presidential hopeful to get more specific on several issues. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Buttigieg would vote to impeach Trump and 6 other highlights from the Fresno town hall," 3 June 2019 How to remain hopeful in the face of so much pain and disappointment in our leaders across the world. Emily Shippee, Teen Vogue, ""A Very Large Expanse Of Sea" Author Tahereh Mafi on Representation for Muslim-American Teens and the Need for More Diverse Love Stories," 2 Nov. 2018 Authorities remain hopeful that the team found safety in dry places on higher ground within the cave to wait. NBC News, "Search dampened for Thai teen soccer team trapped in cave," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are leading the pack at this early stage, WSJ's Gerald F. Seib says there are three other hopefuls worth watching. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg to Share Debate Stage," 14 June 2019 Bella, immune to the poise expected of pageant hopefuls, began to gnaw at her leash and got tangled up in it. Rachel Syme, New York Times, "The Real Dog Moms of New York City," 14 June 2019 And for a quick roundup of presidential hopefuls, including Biden, making fundraiser stops in Chicago this week, check out my piece here. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago will need more money from taxpayers to fund city government," 12 June 2019 As the early front-runner in the Democrats’ effort to oust President Trump next year, Biden also has been a target for the other presidential hopefuls, who took their shots at the convention. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Joe Biden coming to Bay Area for fundraisers," 11 June 2019 Joe Biden Really Isn't Sorry Several 2020 presidential hopefuls, such as Sens. Andrea González-ramírez, refinery29.com, "After Mounting Pressure, Joe Biden Reverses His Position On The Hyde Amendment," 8 June 2019 With 24 hopefuls in the race, everyone is searching for a breakout moment, and the Miami stage will provide the opportunity for that perfect soundbite that goes viral and captures voters’ attention. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "First Democratic presidential debate: Who’s in and who’s out?," 8 June 2019 Both Olympic hopefuls, known for their steely nerve and cloud-scraping aerials, prefer an edge to their skate parks, and Garvanza definitely delivers. Barbara Odanaka, latimes.com, "A guide to L.A.’s best skate parks," 7 June 2019 Following speeches made by presidential hopefuls, Hene Kelly, the party Director for California’s Region 6 approached the microphone, taking issue with the party accepting money from Juul. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Juul Isn't the Only California Democratic Party Sponsor to Raise Eyebrows," 5 June 2019

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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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