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hopefuladjective

uk   /ˈhəʊp.fəl/ us   /ˈhoʊp.fəl/
B1 having hope: He was hopeful about the outcome of the meeting. They were hopeful of a successful agreement. I'm hopeful (that) we can reach a compromise.
C2 giving hope: The green shoots were hopeful signs of spring.

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hopefulness
noun [U] uk   /ˈhəʊp.fəl.nəs/ us   /ˈhoʊp.fəl.nəs/

hopefulnoun [C usually plural]

uk   /ˈhəʊp.fəl/ us   /ˈhoʊp.fəl/
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.
(Definition of hopeful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hopefuladjective

us   /ˈhoʊp·fəl/
having hope or causing you to hope; believing or causing you to believe that something desired will happen: [+ that clause] I’m hopeful that when both sides understand the situation better, they will agree to meet and cooperate. The fact that he’s eating with a good appetite is a hopeful sign.

hopefulnoun [C]

us   /ˈhoʊp·fəl/
a person who wants to achieve a position of power: Five presidential hopefuls were invited to speak.
(Definition of hopeful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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