[ hohp-fuhl ]
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  1. full of hope; expressing hope: His hopeful words stimulated optimism.

  2. exciting hope; promising advantage or success: a hopeful prospect.

  1. a person who shows promise or aspires to success: the Democratic presidential hopeful.

Origin of hopeful

First recorded in 1560–70; hope + -ful

Other words for hopeful

Other words from hopeful

  • hope·ful·ness, noun
  • un·hope·ful, adjective
  • un·hope·ful·ly, adverb

Words Nearby hopeful

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How to use hopeful in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hopeful


/ (ˈhəʊpfʊl) /

  1. having or expressing hope

  2. giving or inspiring hope; promising

  1. a person considered to be on the brink of success (esp in the phrase a young hopeful)

Derived forms of hopeful

  • hopefulness, noun

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