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English definition of “hopefully”

hopefully

adverb     /ˈhəʊp.fəl.i/ US  /ˈhoʊp-/
B1 used, often at the start of a sentence , to express what you would like to happen : Hopefully it won't rain . Hopefully we'll be in Norwich by early evening .Hoping and hopefulnessPotential B2 in a hopeful way: "Do you have a cigarette ?" he asked hopefully.Hoping and hopefulnessPotential Grammar:HopefullyThe adverb hopefully means ‘wanting the answer to be yes’:
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