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hopeful

[ hohp-fuhl ]
/ ˈhoʊp fəl /
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adjective

full of hope; expressing hope: His hopeful words stimulated optimism.
exciting hope; promising advantage or success: a hopeful prospect.

noun

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

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Origin of hopeful

First recorded in 1560–70; hope + -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM hopeful

hope·ful·ness, nounun·hope·ful, adjectiveun·hope·ful·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hopeful

hopeful
/ (ˈhəʊpfʊl) /

adjective

having or expressing hope
giving or inspiring hope; promising

noun

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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