a person who shows promise or aspires to success: the Democratic presidential hopeful.
- hope·ful·ness, noun
- un·hope·ful, adjective
- un·hope·ful·ly, adverb
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How to use hopeful in a sentence
I’m always hopeful for the future because the work we do is important.
Torrance and her Utah colleagues are still hopeful that another cycle of “covid-19 payback” won’t be needed in the future.Utah hospital workers rushed to NYC to help with covid in the spring. NYC workers just returned the favor. | Cathy Free | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
The ending they find together feels hopeful, happy and written in the .‘Written in the Stars’ is a ‘Pride and Prejudice’ reboot that’s charming, effervescent and entirely itself | Ellen Morton | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Beth Bell, a member of the immunization committee who also chairs the panel’s covid-19 vaccines work group, said she was hopeful Americans would start having more-normal lives next summer or fall.Pfizer coronavirus vaccine could be cleared by mid-December following release of data showing it is more than 90 percent effective | Laurie McGinley, Lena H. Sun, Carolyn Y. Johnson | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Chase Elliott cruised to a NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, topping the other three hopefuls — Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin — who were left in the circuit’s postseason chase.Chase Elliott wins first Cup Series title, joins father Bill as NASCAR champion | Des Bieler | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Flowers are blooming, love is in the air, and hopefulness abounds for one and all.
The hopefulness of it takes my breath away; it makes me cry.Robin Sloan’s Book Bag: Five Science Fiction Books That Matter | Robin Sloan | September 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He drew much comfort from his new-found faith, but little hopefulness.
So even by the measure of hopefulness, the Norwegians have been colossally wrong.
These coping strategies and this hopefulness seem to me to be a lot of whistling in the dark.
By the time she had turned from the sink again, a shadow of her hopefulness came wanly back.Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
"I trust so," was the response of the wife; which remark did anything but add to the hopefulness of her husband.The Young Ranchers | Edward S. Ellis
Prussian Majesty, we see, is not insensible to so much honor; and brightens into hopefulness and fine humor in consequence.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VII. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
Matt's hopefulness and splendid confidence electrified Chub.Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends | Stanley R. Matthews
Joan studied his face with eager hopefulness, bending forward a bit to see better in the failing light.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek | George W. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for hopeful
having or expressing hope
giving or inspiring hope; promising
a person considered to be on the brink of success (esp in the phrase a young hopeful)
- hopefulness, noun
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