Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “optimism”

optimism

noun [U]     /ˈɒptɪmɪzəm/
the feeling that good things are more likely to happen than bad things: optimism about/over sth There was a wave of optimism about future earnings of software and internet companies. Some analysts expressed cautious optimism that this could be a turning point. consumer/investor/public optimism reason/cause for optimism → Compare pessimism
(Definition of optimism noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of optimism

More Business English definitions for “optimism”

Definitions of “optimism” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More