Definition of hopeful in English:

hopeful

adjective

  • Feeling or inspiring optimism about a future event.

    ‘a hopeful sign’
    with clause ‘he remained hopeful that something could be worked out’
    • ‘We were taking the best precautions we could, but when it came into the Wharfedale valley we were not very hopeful.’
    • ‘One of the things that might compromise these hopeful signs is the disarray of the US labour movement.’
    • ‘We see the emergence of these men and women of conscience as a positive and hopeful sign.’
    • ‘He added that he was hopeful the approval would be given by the end of January.’
    • ‘They are still hopeful fresh evidence will come to light and Mr Hall made a desperate appeal for new information.’
    • ‘Her father John said it was a terrible time for the family but they are hopeful she will make a good recovery.’
    • ‘The Big Bang cosmology has an immense ideological appeal in a society without any hopeful vision of the future.’
    • ‘Nor is he very hopeful that there will ever be a ceasefire in his native land.’
    • ‘The club is hopeful the team will be able to turn out in its new away kit in the first league game of the season at Hartlepool on Saturday.’
    • ‘However, their bright and hopeful view of the future certainly stayed in my mind.’
    • ‘From the feedback received, the Committee is hopeful the the matter will be sorted out.’
    • ‘I am very hopeful these stories will help make the shift that frees the remaining refugees.’
    • ‘It was generally agreed that what was happening was very hopeful and a step in the right direction.’
    • ‘Indeed, attendance at the conference might itself be taken as a hopeful sign.’
    • ‘A product of the club's academy system, Langley is hopeful his future remains with Bradford.’
    • ‘Harold Taylor, an anti-fox hunting campaigner, is also hopeful the bill will be passed.’
    • ‘The country became a magnet for the international left, who saw hopeful signs in the revolution.’
    • ‘Certainly they are in good form at the moment and will be very hopeful of progressing to the next stage.’
    • ‘He is now waiting for the board to make their final decision but is hopeful he will prove the right man for the job.’
    • ‘The teacher in charge is hopeful the target will be reached.’
    optimistic, full of hope, confident, positive, buoyant, sanguine, bullish, cheerful, assured, expectant, anticipative, disposed to look on the bright side
    promising, encouraging, heartening, reassuring, auspicious, favourable, optimistic, propitious, gladdening, cheering, bright, rosy, full of promise, full of hope
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noun

  • A person likely or hoping to succeed.

    ‘a leading gubernatorial hopeful’
    • ‘Are these young hopefuls about to be overtaken by the new intake of 2005?’
    • ‘The band is created by auditioning thousands of young hopefuls who want to hit it big.’
    • ‘More than 106 hopefuls took part in a two-hour workshop to win the role.’
    • ‘Election fever mounted today as the official deadline passed for Westminster hopefuls who want to throw their hats in the ring.’
    • ‘TV's Pop Idol gripped the nation as thousands of young hopefuls competed for the prize of a record contract.’
    • ‘Last year's musical was West Side Story and the young hopefuls taking part were asked to nominate this year's show.’
    • ‘To many young hopefuls, it appears the best way of getting onto Top Of The Pops.’
    • ‘Three young hopefuls will each get the chance to do the show in turn.’
    • ‘The company is part of The Royal Academy of Dancing and gives hundreds of young northern hopefuls the chance to star on the stage.’
    • ‘Hamlet have a tough game on Saturday away to promotion hopefuls Bromley.’
    • ‘Yorkshire's young Olympic hopefuls of the future will today be showcased in Sheffield.’
    • ‘His rivalry with Hewitt stretches back to 1999 when they were both no more than talented young hopefuls.’
    • ‘That could pave the way for the region to produce a new crop of young Olympic hopefuls such as Richard Buck.’
    • ‘At this, a couple of selection team hopefuls get up and reluctantly drag themselves from the room.’
    • ‘Everyone is hoping interest rates remain low and that the young hopefuls still come to the city with their outsize hopes.’
    • ‘The band members, along with thousands of other young hopefuls performed for a place in a pop band.’
    • ‘A strong headwind and choppy water made rowing difficult for the young hopefuls during the three day trials.’
    • ‘Other young hopefuls will be hoping to impress on their three - match tour.’
    • ‘Promotion hopefuls Esholt were well beaten on their own ground by a determined Salts side.’
    • ‘Young hopefuls who fancy playing on the big red bus need to send their biographies, photos and a CD to Andy.’

Pronunciation

hopeful

/ˈhōpfəl//ˈhoʊpfəl/