Definition of hopeful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊpfʊl/


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, bullish, cheerful, assured, expectant, anticipative, disposed to look on the bright side
informal upbeat


A person likely or hoping to succeed: promotion hopefuls Huddersfield
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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.



Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊpʊflnəs/
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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