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"hopeful" in British English

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hopefuladjective

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

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hopefulness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

hopefulnoun [C usually plural]

uk   /ˈhəʊp.fəl/  us   /ˈhoʊp-/
a ​person who is ​trying to get a ​part in a ​film, ​play for a ​famoussportsteam, 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 ​sidesunderstand the ​situationbetter, 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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