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hopeful

adjective hope·ful \ ˈhōp-fəl \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of hopeful

1 : having qualities which inspire hope
  • hopeful signs of economic recovery
2 : full of hope : inclined to hope

hopefulness

noun

Examples of hopeful in a Sentence

  1. The mood is sad rather than hopeful.

  2. He was hopeful that things would get better soon.

  3. I still feel hopeful about the future.

  4. She is hopeful of winning the race.

  5. a hopeful tone of voice

  6. There are hopeful signs that the crisis may end soon.

  7. The movie has a hopeful ending.

  8. Investigators report that there have been some hopeful developments in the case.

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First Known Use of hopeful

1568


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hopeful

noun

Definition of hopeful

: aspirant
  • Olympic hopefuls

Examples of hopeful in a Sentence

  1. the three mayoral hopefuls are going to debate on local TV

Recent Examples of hopeful from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hopeful.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of hopeful

1720


HOPEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

hopeful

adjective

Definition of hopeful for English Language Learners

  • : full of hope : feeling or showing hope

  • : giving someone feelings of hope


hopeful

noun

Definition of hopeful for English Language Learners

  • : a person who hopes to do something


HOPEFUL Defined for Kids

hopeful

adjective hope·ful \ ˈhōp-fəl \

Definition of hopeful for Students

1 : full of hope
2 : giving hope : promising
  • a hopeful sign

hopefully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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