hopeful

adjective
hope·​ful | \ ˈhōp-fəl \

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

Analysts had been hopeful some concessions would be announced, as escalating tariffs have weighed on the world’s two largest economies and global equity markets. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Regain Ground Despite Concerns About Global Growth," 10 Jan. 2019 While some fans are hopeful that Jordan will be back, others have shared a number of possible casting suggestions: including Cole Sprouse, KJ Apa, Shawn Mendes, and Luke Benward. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Social Media Thinks Cole Sprouse, KJ Apa, or Shawn Mendes Should Be Cast in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”," 20 Dec. 2018 The woman was hopeful that company's leadership was receptive. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Thousands of Google employees slam execs’ response to sexual misconduct," 1 Nov. 2018 The team is hopeful that James Paxton, who returned Monday after being out with pneumonia, will be able to make a start in the final weekend. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Mariners rally in 11th, end A’s chances at AL West title," 25 Sep. 2018 An update on the GoFundMe said doctors were hopeful that the teen would be able to keep his spleen, and that with improvement he could be sent home within the coming days. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "High school football player ruptures spleen during game," 6 Sep. 2018 The Cowboys are hopeful that most of their players will be ready to go when training camp begins next month. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "5 takeaways from last day of Cowboys' minicamp," 14 June 2018 The Irish Examiner reports that a move is in the works, with Cork manager John Caulfield hopeful that Delaney can be a mentor and an inspiration to the club's young defensive prospects. SI.com, "Former Ireland Interenational Linked With Return to Hometown Club After Leaving Crystal Palace," 8 June 2018 At the same time though, investors appear hopeful of peace talks continuing at a future date. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Gold and Defense Stocks Rise as Donald Trump Cancels North Korea Summit," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many leading rabbis have refrained from endorsing a final candidate and some Hassidic Jews, whose own hopeful failed to advance to the runoff, have vowed to vote for the secular Berkovitch — previously a seemingly improbable prospect. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Jerusalem picks new mayor in round 2 of municipal elections," 13 Nov. 2018 Of course, this endeared him to all of us watching: Those poor hopefuls could have been any of us! Bette Midler, Vogue, "The Wind Beneath Her Wings: Bette Midler on the Rise and Reign of Michael Kors," 18 Oct. 2018 For these reasons, many nuclear hopefuls have looked to advanced nuclear technology. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "A good announcement and a bad announcement for two nuclear-energy startups," 26 Sep. 2018 These Styles section hopefuls would then draw into their orbit rival photographers, who blocked Bill’s sightlines. Amy Fine Collins, Town & Country, "What It Was Like Dressing Up For Bill Cunningham," 15 Aug. 2018 Last week, two Orlando hopefuls made it to the next round: fire breather Nathan Spare and hula hoop performer Jenny Klimantova. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'America's Got Talent' has Orlando hopeful; 'Proposal,' 'Yellowstone' debut," 17 June 2018 Many hopefuls arrive the evening before to pitch tents near the club and camp overnight to boost their odds of getting in. Ed Sherman, chicagotribune.com, "From the players to the Pimm's, a visit to Wimbledon is a winning experience," 5 June 2018 One hopeful was out on a work-release program following an armed-robbery conviction, while another had recently finished a term for manslaughter. Dave Shiflett, WSJ, "‘Football for a Buck’ Review: In a League of Their Own," 13 Sep. 2018 The undefeated Triple Crown hopeful is unquestionably the best horse in this 3-year-old crop. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Why your horse can and can't win the 2018 Belmont Stakes," 5 June 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 \

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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