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English definition of “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’:See more
(Definition of hopefully adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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