Meaning of HOPEFUL in English

I. ˈhōpfəl adjective

Etymology: hope (II) + -ful

1. : full of hope or agreeable expectation : inclined to hope : happily expectant

2. : having qualities which inspire hope : giving promise of good or of success

a hopeful prospect

• hope·ful·ly -fəlē, -li adverb

• hope·ful·ness noun -es

II. noun

( -s )

: a person who aspires hopefully or expectantly to become or achieve something

before the convention … meets the various presidential hopefuls have set up headquarters — D.D.McKean

not all who want to write can go to universities … a large army of hopefuls is scattered all over the land — Edward Uhlan

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.