Meaning of hopeful

hope•ful

Pronunciation: (hōp'ful), [key]
— adj.
  1. full of hope; expressing hope: His hopeful words stimulated optimism.
  2. exciting hope; promising advantage or success: a hopeful prospect.
—n.
  1. a person who shows promise or aspires to success: the Democratic presidential hopeful.
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