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ˈhoʊp fəlhope·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aspirant, aspirer, hopeful, wannabe, wannabeeadjective

    an ambitious and aspiring young person

    "a lofty aspirant"; "two executive hopefuls joined the firm"; "the audience was full of Madonna wannabes"

  2. hopefuladjective

    having or manifesting hope

    "a line of people hopeful of obtaining tickets"; "found a hopeful way of attacking the problem"

  3. bright, hopeful, promisingadjective

    full or promise

    "had a bright future in publishing"; "the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career"; "a hopeful new singer on Broadway"


  1. hopefulnoun

    Somebody who is hoping for success or victory.

    Several presidential hopefuls are campaigning in New Hampshire this week.

  2. hopefuladjective

    Feeling hope.

  3. hopefuladjective

    Inspiring hope.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hopefuladjective

    Etymology: hope and full.

    He will advance thee:
    I know his noble nature, not to let
    Thy hopeful service perish. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    You serve a great and gracious master, and there is a most hopeful young prince whom you must not desert. Francis Bacon.

    What to the old can greater pleasure be,
    Than hopeful and ingenious youth to see? John Denham.

    They take up a book in their declining years, and grow very hopeful scholars by that time they are threescore. Addison.

    Men of their own natural inclination hopeful and strongly conceited, whatsoever they took in hand. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    I was hopeful the success of your first attempts would encourage you to make trial also of more nice and difficult experiments. Boyle.

    Whatever ills the friendless orphan bears,
    Bereav’d of parents in his infant years,
    Still must the wrong’d Telemachus sustain,
    If hopeful of your aid, he hopes in vain. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hopefuladjective

    full of hope, or agreeable expectation; inclined to hope; expectant

  2. Hopefuladjective

    having qualities which excite hope; affording promise of good or of success; as, a hopeful youth; a hopeful prospect


  1. Hopeful

    "Hopeful" is a song by Japanese recording artist Ami Suzuki, taken from her fourth studio album -and first in Avex-, Around the World. The up-tempo, dance-pop song was written by Ami Suzuki and Shunsuke Yazaki.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hopeful in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hopeful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hopeful in a Sentence

  1. Jerry Skinner:

    I'm hopeful that the Australian government gets involved. We need the leverage of one of the governments whose hands are clean.

  2. State John Kerry:

    I think we're getting to some real decisions, so I will say, because we have a few tough things to do, I remain hopeful. Hopeful.

  3. Melina Abdullah:

    We're hopeful that the people will stay engaged and that we can hold our elected officials accountable, and remind them that just because we're moving beyond what people are calling the George Floyd moment that it's not a moment, it's a movement, and we need to have police defunded and invest those dollars into things that actually make communities safe.

  4. Steven Mnuchin:

    I think we're hopeful that we're getting close to the final round of concluding issues.

  5. Frank Darabont:

    The movie ended in my original script with Red on the bus going off to this uncertain and hopeful future, which is how the novella ends, but the folks at (production company) Castle Rock thought after putting the audience through two-plus hours of hell, we might owe them a union at the end.

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