What does hopeful mean?

Definitions for hopeful
ˈhoʊp fəlhope·ful

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word hopeful.

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.


  1. hopeful

    Hopeful refers to a feeling or attitude of desire for a particular positive outcome to happen in the future. It often involves optimism and expectation, expressing a confident or positive outlook that circumstances will improve or desired goals can be achieved. It may also refer to a person who aspires or aims for a particular position or achievement.

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. Africa Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti:

    We are hopeful that the way things are going, sometime early next year it might be possible.

  2. Sandra Lindsay:

    I'm feeling well. I would like to thank all the frontline workers and all my colleagues... doing their job during this pandemic all over the world, i feel hopeful today, relieved. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time.

  3. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    We remain hopeful for clemency but we are extremely pre-occupied by this decision and this death threat which, if carried out, would obviously have consequences for the relationship between this country and France.

  4. Roberto Nespolo:

    I'm hopeful for the monito because they're very resilient. They are able to adapt to change as long as their habitat still exists.

  5. Thomas Bailey Aldrich:

    To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent - that is to triumph over old age.

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    the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
    A bowel
    B apex
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