Meaning of “hopefully” in the English Dictionary

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"hopefully" in British English

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hopefullyadverb

uk /ˈhəʊp.fəl.i/ us /ˈhoʊp.fəl.i/

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.

B2 in a hopeful way:

"Do you have a cigarette?" he asked hopefully.

More examples

  • "Any chance of a cup of tea?" he queried hopefully.
  • The poor turnout for the election will hopefully be a wake-up call to the government.
  • Hopefully, we'll be able to rearrange the dates of our holiday.
  • Hopefully, there will be some tickets left.
  • Hopefully, there'll be a better turnout next week.

(Definition of “hopefully” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hopefully" in American English

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hopefullyadverb

us /ˈhoʊp·fə·li/

in a hopeful way:

“Do you have the tickets?” he asked hopefully.
Hopefully (= I/we hope that), dad will get home before his supper gets cold.

(Definition of “hopefully” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)