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hopeful

noun [C usually plural]     /ˈhəʊp.fəl/ US  /ˈhoʊp-/
a person who is trying to get a part in a film , play for a famous sports team , etc.: Over a thousand young hopefuls went to the Theatre Royal today to audition for a part in the new musical .Hoping and hopefulnessPotential
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