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

The franchise is still hopeful that fourth-year small forward Stanley Johnson can emerge. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Glenn Robinson III coming for starting forward spot," 14 July 2018 Southampton are hopeful of completing the move by the start of next week, allowing the Dane to settle into life in England. SI.com, "Denmark International Jannik Vestergaard Completes Medical Ahead of £18m Move to Southampton," 12 July 2018 Strong earnings forecasts also have some investors and analysts hopeful the numbers will help the market break out of a months-long rut that has left the S&P 500 up just 4.1% for the year. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "With Stock Market in Lull, Investors Pin Hopes on Earnings Boom," 10 July 2018 Brad Lynch, the church’s pastor, said the group is safe and hopeful to return home by the end of the week. Stephanie Tinoco, ajc, "Missionaries stuck in Haiti riots: ‘I 100 percent thought I was going to die’," 10 July 2018 The city had essentially secured a $50 million federal grant before the halt in construction, and was hopeful of an additional $25 million in federal money for the project. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle streetcar needs extra $500,000 to cover last year’s costs," 6 July 2018 The campaign of Ben Jealous, who is neck-and-neck with Baker in polls, is equally hopeful of getting a boost in the early voting. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland early voting eclipses 2014 turnout but many doubt it signals a 'blue wave'," 21 June 2018 Having been inspired by the likes of Jenner and Maloney, Smith is hopeful of having a similar impact of others reading about what has been a positive experience for her. Matt Majendie, CNN, "Transgender jockey inspired by Caitlyn Jenner switches from Vince to Victoria," 8 June 2018 Several players with connections to Oregon have signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents and while others remain hopeful of joining a team. OregonLive.com, "NFL draft 2018: Players with Oregon ties who were drafted or signed as undrafted free agents," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Joined by roster hopefuls and second-year players, Bamba practiced with the Orlando Magic for the first time. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mo Bamba enjoys new reality: He's an NBA player now," 3 July 2018 Anthony Shallat is the campaign manager for Democratic attorney general hopeful Bruce Bistline. Melissa Davlin, idahostatesman, "'Call (him) fake news,' Dem adviser told Harley Brown after threat to Boise radio host," 29 June 2018 But the third season of the show comes with at twist: Produce 48 is a Korean-Japanese production featuring K-pop hopefuls and members of the popular J-pop act AKB48 and regional sister groups, 12 of whom will make it into the final team. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "'Produce 48' Premieres in South Korea, Putting K-Pop Hopefuls & J-Pop's AKB48 in the Spotlight," 19 June 2018 Over the past two weeks, more than 500 hopefuls from around the globe were on hand for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders auditions, seeking to begin a journey to represent the most valuable sports franchise in the world. Jay Betsill, star-telegram, "Nothing routine about doing routines to become a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 Now 10 Democrats are left in a race that features an array of insiders, newcomers, DelCo hopefuls and a couple Philadelphians. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "What to watch for in Pa. primary election results," 15 May 2018 The Democrats have had their own internal strife in Texas over congressional hopeful Laura Moser, who moved from Washington to her native Houston to try and unseat Representative Culberson. Will Weissert, The Christian Science Monitor, "Democrats hope for a blue wave in Texas midterm primaries," 6 Mar. 2018 These are weekly and some hopefuls started doing the 2.5-hour classes weekly starting March 6. Jenny Green, Indianapolis Star, "How to be an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader," 3 Apr. 2018 The speaking series is a must stop for White House hopefuls visiting the first-in-the-nation primary state. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Flake blasts Trump as 'erratic' in New Hampshire speech, fueling 2020 primary speculation," 16 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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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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