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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.
Winning did not seem likely, but still she was hopeful.She had hopeful thoughts about what their new life would be like in America.I'm hopeful about passing the test this time.
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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