What does hopeful mean?

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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. Amir Raesian:

    We will present an appeal request against this ruling and we are still hopeful.

  2. Kim Jong:

    We should be hopeful and encouraged by the events in Panmunjom( inside the DMZ), but we also need to keep a clear-eyed view of the nature of the Kim Jong family regime, and the history of its aggression, threats and provocations, stated claim to unify the peninsula under the North's control, and the documented human rights atrocities that are being committed against some 25 million Koreans living in the North, can a one-day event change the nature of the brutal Kim Jong family regime that has existed for some seven decades ? We should never forget the people living in severe oppression in the north while we admire the charm offensive conducted by Kim Jong Un.

  3. The Ebola epidemicA scientist:

    This particular vaccine, although it's still experimental, does look hopeful from past experience in Guinea and Sierra Leone, but we don't know for sure, if in fact it is safe and effective, it really will be a game-changer in terms of being able to more quickly stop future Ebola epidemics.

  4. Kim Cobb:

    I'm kind of hopeful that many of the worst and most damaging climate policies are capable of being reversed, but the lost years in terms of progress on emissions reductions we can't ever take back, and that is something that will have a finite impact on coming climate change impacts.

  5. Ganesh Palapattu:

    My general philosophy with these sorts of things are still for patients to not overreact with these studies, to continue to do the things that are known to be hopeful and healthful, don't smoke. Try to maintain your ideal body weight. Exercise regularly. Wear a helmet. Don't text and drive. Wear a seat belt.

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