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optimismnoun [U]

uk   /ˈɒp.tɪ.mɪ.zəm/  us   /ˈɑːp.tə.mɪ.zəm/
C2 the ​quality of being ​full of ​hope and ​emphasizing the good ​parts of a ​situation, or a ​belief that something good will ​happen: There was a ​note of optimism in his ​voice as he ​spoke about the company's ​future. They had ​cause/​grounds/​reason for cautious optimism about an ​improvement in her ​medicalcondition.
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(Definition of optimism from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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optimismnoun [U]

 us   /ˈɑp·təˌmɪz·əm/
the ​tendency to be ​hopeful and to ​emphasize or ​think of the good ​part in a ​situationrather than the ​badpart, or the ​feeling that in the ​future good things are more ​likely to ​happen than ​bad things: There was a ​note of optimism in his ​voice as he ​spoke about his ​recovery.
optimist
noun [C]  us   /ˈɑp·tə·mɪst/
She was an optimist in the ​face of ​adversity.
optimistic
adjective  us   /ˌɑp·təˈmɪs·tɪk/
I’m optimistic that they can ​work things out.
optimistically
adverb  us   /ˌɑp·təˈmɪs·tɪ·kli/
White optimistically ​predictedsuccess.
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optimismnoun [U]

uk   us   /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 ​internetcompanies. Some ​analystsexpressed cautious optimism that this could be a ​turningpoint. consumer/​investor/​public optimism reason/cause for optimism
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(Definition of optimism from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “optimism”
in Korean 낙천주의…
in Arabic تَفاؤل…
in Malaysian sikap optimis…
in French optimisme…
in Russian оптимизм…
in Chinese (Traditional) 樂觀, 樂觀主義…
in Italian ottimismo…
in Turkish iyimserlik…
in Polish optymizm…
in Spanish optimismo…
in Vietnamese chủ nghĩa lạc quan…
in Portuguese otimismo…
in Thai การมองในแง่ดี…
in German der Optimismus…
in Catalan optimisme…
in Japanese 楽観主義…
in Chinese (Simplified) 乐观, 乐观主义…
in Indonesian optimisme…
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