hopeful

Definitions

  • Hope Gate
    Hope Gate
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hopeful full or promise "had a bright future in publishing","the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career","a hopeful new singer on Broadway"
    • adj hopeful having or manifesting hope "a line of people hopeful of obtaining tickets","found a hopeful way of attacking the problem"
    • n hopeful an ambitious and aspiring young person "a lofty aspirant","two executive hopefuls joined the firm","the audience was full of Madonna wannabes"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

HOPED SHE WOULD GIVE A FEW READINGS FROM HER OWN WORKS HOPED SHE WOULD GIVE A FEW READINGS FROM HER OWN WORKS
The Gleam that Brings Hope The Gleam that Brings Hope
HOPE FOR ALL HOPE FOR ALL
"MY MISERY IS DEEP BUT I AM BUOYED UP BY ONE GREAT HOPE" "MY MISERY IS DEEP BUT I AM BUOYED UP BY ONE GREAT HOPE"
THE HOPE BLUE DIAMOND THE HOPE BLUE DIAMOND
HOPE BLUE DIAMOND, AS MOUNTED HOPE BLUE DIAMOND, AS MOUNTED

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first television broadcast of the Oscars took place in 1953, hosted by Bob Hope on NBC
    • Hopeful Full of hope, or agreeable expectation; inclined to hope; expectant. "Men of their own natural inclination hopeful and strongly conceited."
    • Hopeful Having qualities which excite hope; affording promise of good or of success; as, a hopeful youth; a hopeful prospect. "Hopeful scholars."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the original "Star Wars: A New Hope", Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, called out the name of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia, instead of actually calling out "Leia" in the scene near the end where he gets out of his X-wing after destroying the Death Star. The error was never caught.
    • hopeful Full of hope; having desire with expectation of its fulfilment.
    • hopeful Having qualities which excite hope; promising advantage or success: as, a hopeful prospect: often used ironically.
    • hopeful Synonyms Confident, sanguine, buoyant, enthusiastic.
    • n hopeful A more or less wilful, troublesome, or incorrigible boy or girl, regarded ironically as the rising hope of the family.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The last words spoken from the moon were from Eugene Cernan, Commander of the Apollo 17 Mission on 11 December 1972. "As we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind."
    • adj Hopeful full of hope: having qualities which excite hope: promising good or success
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Quotations

  • Immanuel Kant
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    “What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “Hope and fear are inseparable.”
  • John Milton
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    “Where no hope is left, is left no fear.”
  • Jose Joaquin Olmedo
    Jose Joaquin Olmedo
    “He who does not hope to win has already lost.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.”
  • Matthew Prior
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    “Hopes are but the dreams of those that wake.”

Idioms

Cling to hope - If people cling to hope, they continue to hope though the chances of success are very small.
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Cross my heart and hope to die - People say this to show how sincere their promise is.
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Glimmer of hope - A glimmer of hope is the belief that there is a slight chance that something positive will happen.
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Great white hope - Someone who is expected to be a great success is a great white hope.
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Hope against hope - If you hope against hope, you hope for something even though there is little or no chance of your wish being fulfilled.
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Hope in hell - If something hasn't got a hope in hell, it stands absolutely no chance of succeeding.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hopianhopa, hope; Dut. hopen, Ger. hoffen.

Usage

In literature:

The Queen hopes to hear more from Sir Robert when she sees him here, which she hopes to do from Monday the 2nd to Wednesday the 4th.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
In the meantime, I am not without hopes Mr. Barclay has done the business.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I hope you are very well.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
The highest form which the object of our hope takes is, the Hope of the Glory of God.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
His hope of seeing Pompey coming to act as acknowledged leader of the Optimates was dashed to the ground.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
But Aunt Barbara says the doctor is not at all hopeful about it, though he speaks hopefully to mother.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
I thought it very good fun, and hoped that was the way they were always employed.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
However, if your friends will look after you for a day or two longer, I hope we may settle something.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
In vain they hoped against hope to see her appear on the other side.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
You insult me by making the proposal, and I hope dat you are not in earnest.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Wind and wave and the swinging rope
Were calling me last night;
None to save and little hope,
No inner light.
"Rescue" by Jean Starr Untermeyer
Hope it was that tutored me,
And Love that taught me more;
And now I learn at Sorrow's knee
The self-same lore.
"Post-Graduate" by Dorothy Parker
Was it a sanguine view of life,
And all its transient bliss,
A hope of bright prosperity?
Oh, no! it was not this.
"In Memory Of A Happy Day In February" by Anne Bronte
What time then to hope among
bitter hopes, that never sleepe?
When this life is to too long,
as it is too short to weepe.
"The Nymph Selvagia Her Song" by Bartholomew Young
Oh! I have hopes and yearnings—
Hopes that I know are vain
And knowledge robs life of pleasure—
And death of its only pain
"Night Thoughts 1" by John Boyle O Reilly
Yes! I had hope when first we met,
For hope and joy were in thine eye;
'Twas long before I could forget,
I trusted thee so tenderly.
"Song.—Yes, I had hope" by Louisa Stuart Costello

In news:

Everything You Could Hope for in a Necropolis Archivist .
And although the food may not be as recognizably Argentinean as empanadas or carne asada, Rodas hopes to best distinguish his trattoria with a liberal dose of South American hospitality.
Coach hopes to avoid nail-biting starts, take lead quickly.
European governments hope taxing the Vatican can be their saving grace.
It's water in New York City that most people don't know about or don't even notice, but some artists are hoping to shine a light on a creek with boats.
With the help of community members, Arp students hope to have a new playground to roam.
Friends of Tim Parsons are hoping to raise $75,000 for his medical care after the Portland photographer and restaurant consultant fell, fracturing his skull, on Sept 4.
I hope you all enjoyed the first of what I hope will be many great Indie shows for the lion 90.7FM.
Dolores Hope, Singer and Bob Hope 's Widow, Dies at 102.
Bob Hope Classic Dropping ' Bob Hope ' From Title.
Fifteen golfers would try their luck on this day, hoping to put some birdies on the card and also hoping to avoid bogeys .
A trio of California congressmen have drafted legislation they hope will allow Bob Hope Burbank Airport and Van Nuys Airport to adopt operations curfews.
Ann hopes to pass along her love of cooking to her girls and hopes when they are older they will enjoy cooking as much as her.
Retired Lt General Michael Rochelle speaks during the " Day of Remembrance and Hope" Saturday at Gosnold's Hope Park to remember the 9th anniversary of the Sept 11th terrorist attacks.
I wish to publicly thank the city of Dunkirk Drug Court, Judge Walter Drag, and Lee Ann Lazarony for the Beacon of Hope Award: Hope is what Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy gives people.
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In science:

The hope is that a quantum version of the random walk might lead to applications unavailable classically.
Implementing the quantum random walk
The FRG is hoped to be controlled for small ǫ = 4 − d, where d is the internal dimension of the interface (parameterized by a N component vector ~u(x) in the embedding space).
Functional renormalization group at large N for random manifolds
Finally, applications to the dynamics offer the hope to go systematically beyond mode-coupling approximations.
Functional renormalization group at large N for random manifolds
There is some hope that the situation can be saved by large-scale neutrino convection (Herant et al 1994, Mezzacappa et al 1998).
Why NS and BH mass distribition is bimodal?
There are a few more classes of partitions for which this can be achieved, and I hope to return to this problem in future.
On equations defining coincident root loci
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