Definition of hopeful in English:

hopeful

Syllabification: hope·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈhōpfəl
 
/

adjective

noun

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  • A person likely or hoping to succeed: a leading gubernatorial hopeful
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    candidate, aspirant, prospect, possibility; nominee, competitor, contender
    informal up-and-comer

Derivatives

hopefulness

noun
More 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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