If you're hopeful about something, you're optimistic. You think it's going to turn out OK. Your team has been doing well in practice, so you're hopeful that you'll win the finals.

Hopeful comes from the word hope, meaning "optimism about a future event," and the suffix -ful, meaning "full." So if you're hopeful, you're full of hope: you think something good is going to happen. You might be hopeful that you'll be offered a job after your great interview. Used as a noun, hopeful can describe a promising person who wants to succeed at a particular goal. The charismatic young politician is a hopeful for the next election.

Definitions of hopeful

adj having or manifesting hope

“a line of people hopeful of obtaining tickets”
“found a hopeful way of attacking the problem”
giving courage or confidence or hope
anticipant, anticipative, expectant
marked by eager anticipation
expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action
abject, unhopeful
showing utter resignation or hopelessness
black, bleak, dim
offering little or no hope
despairing, desperate
arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope
despondent, heartsick
without or almost without hope
marked by or showing hopelessness
having no prospect or hope of a future
helpless, lost
unable to function; without help
without hope of solution
expecting the worst possible outcome
not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with
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adj full of promise

“a hopeful new singer on Broadway”
bright, promising
auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

n an ambitious and aspiring young person

“two executive hopefuls joined the firm”
aspirant, aspirer, wannabe, wannabee
Type of:
applicant, applier
a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission

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