Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or manifesting hope.
  • adj. Inspiring hope; promising.
  • n. A person who aspires to success or who shows promise of succeeding, especially as a political candidate: a group of presidential hopefuls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Feeling hope.
  • adj. Inspiring hope.
  • n. Somebody who is hoping for success or victory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A more or less wilful, troublesome, or incorrigible boy or girl, regarded ironically as the rising hope of the family.

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

  • adj. having or manifesting hope
  • adj. full or promise
  • n. an ambitious and aspiring young person

Etymologies

hope +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

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*

    WordPress.com News

  • 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.

    NYT > Home Page

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

    Much Ado About Anne

  • 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

  • When Deanna stepped inside the cave, Beverly glanced up from her patient, her expression hopeful.

    The Battle of Betazed

  • He sounded genuinely surprised, his expression hopeful.

    Sin City

  • "I always use the word hopeful," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said of keeping Pujols.

    The Seattle Times

  • "I always use the word hopeful," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Sophomore Josh Morin (30-4 at 125) is also a title hopeful this weekend.

    greatfallstribune.com - Local News

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