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hopeful

hope·ful

hopeful

 
pronunciation:
hop fl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: feeling or expressing hope.
hopeful thoughtsWinning did not seem likely, but still she was hopeful.
synonyms:
anticipative, expectant, optimistic
antonyms:
despairing, hopeless
similar words:
assured, bullish, confident, sanguine
definition 2: showing indications that something hoped for will happen.
hopeful signsThe change in the weather made the situation appear hopeful.
synonyms:
bright, encouraging, favorable, heartening, promising
antonyms:
grim, hopeless
similar words:
auspicious, competitive, optimistic, positive, propitious, rosy, upbeat
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part of speech: noun
definition: a young person who hopes for or shows promise of success.
synonyms:
aspirant
similar words:
applicant, candidate, front-runner, suitor
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derivation: hopefulness (n.)
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