Meaning of “hopeful” in the English Dictionary

"hopeful" in British English

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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)

"hopeful" in American English

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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)