Meaning of “optimistic” in the English Dictionary

"optimistic" in British English

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uk /ˌɒp.tɪˈmɪs.tɪk/ us /ˌɑːp.təˈmɪs.tɪk/

B2 hoping or believing that good things will happen in the future:

She is optimistic about her chances of winning a gold medal.

More examples

  • She ended her speech on an optimistic note.
  • The doctor said she was optimistic about the outcome of the operation but forbore to make any promises at this early stage.
  • Earlier sales forecasts were overly optimistic.
  • The treasurer has been taking a more optimistic view of economic recovery in his recent public pronouncements.
  • It's a bit optimistic to expect a politician to tell you the unvarnished truth.
adverb uk /ˌɒp.tɪˈmɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌɑːp.təˈmɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/

He optimistically predicted success.

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