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English Dictionary: Hopeful by the DICT Development Group
2 results for Hopeful
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. having or manifesting hope; "a line of people hopeful of obtaining tickets"; "found a hopeful way of attacking the problem"
    Antonym(s): hopeless
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): bright, hopeful, promising
  1. an ambitious and aspiring young person; "a lofty aspirant"; "two executive hopefuls joined the firm"; "the audience was full of Madonna wannabes"
    Synonym(s): aspirant, aspirer, hopeful, wannabe, wannabee
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hopeful \Hope"ful\, a.
      1. Full of hope, or agreeable expectation; inclined to hope;
                     Men of their own natural inclination hopeful and
                     strongly conceited.                           --Hooker.
      2. Having qualities which excite hope; affording promise of
            good or of success; as, a hopeful youth; a hopeful
            prospect. [bd]Hopeful scholars.[b8] --Addison. --
            {Hope"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Hope"ful*ness}, n.
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