Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or manifesting hope.
  • adjective Inspiring hope; promising.
  • noun A person who aspires to success or who shows promise of succeeding, especially as a political candidate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Full of hope; having desire with expectation of its fulfilment.
  • Having qualities which excite hope; promising advantage or success: as, a hopeful prospect: often used ironically.
  • Synonyms Confident, sanguine, buoyant, enthusiastic.
  • noun A more or less wilful, troublesome, or incorrigible boy or girl, regarded ironically as the rising hope of the family.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full of hope, or agreeable expectation; inclined to hope; expectant.
  • adjective Having qualities which excite hope; affording promise of good or of success

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Feeling hope.
  • adjective Inspiring hope.
  • noun Somebody who is hoping for success or victory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having or manifesting hope
  • adjective full or promise
  • noun an ambitious and aspiring young person

Etymologies

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hope +‎ -ful

Examples

  • I don't listen to their music but I love them all … I'll miss Eric's acting! jean eric oppa, fighting!!!! will be awaiting for your return~~ in these two years, i will will definitely be saving up $$ to be at the legendary shinhwa reunion concert * hopeful hopeful*

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  • Facebook tells us the amount of people using the term hopeful in their Facebook status has increased diabetically (ph) over the past couple of months.

    CNN Transcript Feb 25, 2009

  • Rose's Bulls may not have the makings of a contender without some assembly required, but they could cut the run of another title hopeful short.

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  • Rose's Bulls may not have the makings of a contender without some assembly required, but they could cut the run of another title hopeful short.

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  • Jess looks around at all of us, her expression hopeful.

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  • Jess looks around at all of us, her expression hopeful.

    Much Ado About Anne

  • Jess looks around at all of us, her expression hopeful.

    Much Ado About Anne

  • Jess looks around at all of us, her expression hopeful.

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  • Jess looks around at all of us, her expression hopeful.

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  • KATHLEEN KOCH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well Fredricka, President Bush in his radio address pointed out that in his opinion his new plan for Iraq, the troop increase, while it's in its early stages, he says its showing signs of progress, what he called hopeful signs.

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2007

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