Definition of hopeful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhōpfəl/


Feeling or inspiring optimism about a future event: a hopeful sign [with clause]: he remained hopeful that something could be worked out
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  • However, their bright and hopeful view of the future certainly stayed in my mind.
  • Certainly they are in good form at the moment and will be very hopeful of progressing to the next stage.
  • The Big Bang cosmology has an immense ideological appeal in a society without any hopeful vision of the future.
optimistic, full of hope, confident, positive, buoyant, sanguine, expectant, bullish, cheerful, lighthearted
informal upbeat
promising, encouraging, heartening, inspiring, reassuring, auspicious, favorable, optimistic, propitious, bright, rosy


A person likely or hoping to succeed: a leading gubernatorial hopeful
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  • Other young hopefuls will be hoping to impress on their three - match tour.
  • TV's Pop Idol gripped the nation as thousands of young hopefuls competed for the prize of a record contract.
  • Everyone is hoping interest rates remain low and that the young hopefuls still come to the city with their outsize hopes.
candidate, aspirant, prospect, possibility;
nominee, competitor, contender
informal up-and-comer



Pronunciation: /ˈhōpfəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • On his ceiling he has scribbled several sentences, which define hope and hopefulness.
  • But nonetheless there's a sense of hopefulness and optimism based on what happened in our family.
  • What divides them is his agnosticism and cynicism versus their faith and hopefulness.

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Syllabification: hope·ful

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