Definition of hopefully in English:

hopefully

adverb

  • 1In a hopeful manner.

    ‘he rode on hopefully’
    • ‘Even the most hopefully titled song turns out to catalogue misery and disaster.’
    • ‘Several of our clients are looking hopefully at this new circuit with some expected performance increases.’
    optimistically, with hope, full of hope, confidently, expectantly, with anticipation, with assurance, buoyantly, sanguinely, bullishly
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  • 2[sentence adverb] It is to be hoped that.

    ‘hopefully, it should be finished by next year’
    • ‘So hopefully I shall now return to regular posting by the middle of next month.’
    • ‘All in all things are good and hopefully the rest of the week will continue as good.’
    • ‘Anyway, I've given him my business card, and hopefully we can meet up for a drink some time.’
    • ‘I'm glad she has found someone she wants to be with, that hopefully loves her more then I did.’
    • ‘The car park will also hopefully ease traffic congestion and parking difficulties.’
    • ‘We got in touch with Umbro and hopefully they took some of our suggestions on board.’
    • ‘It's a really good feeling which will hopefully keep me on the straight and narrow for next month too.’
    • ‘This blog post seems to refer to the problem, so hopefully it'll be fixed soon.’
    • ‘The scouts will spend six days on the slopes where they will hopefully learn how to ski.’
    • ‘The odour while it was boiling was wonderful, so hopefully the end product will be equally good.’
    • ‘I have never had the best of luck in Old Firm games and hopefully I can start to turn that.’
    • ‘So hopefully she'll be in when I go round to their house and I can throw some ideas around with her.’
    • ‘They are having a night away in a hotel and, hopefully, taking the opportunity to have a look around.’
    • ‘This event will stimulate young people and hopefully show them what best suits their skills.’
    • ‘I wrote this quickly but hopefully this is the type of list you are looking for.’
    • ‘They both knew that the guards were probably in that empty hangar, hopefully asleep.’
    • ‘We'll have a new bird table to put up which will hopefully get some custom over the autumn and winter months.’
    • ‘We never expected anything like this and hopefully it'll make a real difference.’
    • ‘The revision has already had an impact on research, hopefully in a positive manner.’
    • ‘While it will not stop crime, hopefully one day it will make it easier for the guilty to be brought to justice.’
    all being well, it is to be hoped that, if all goes well, if everything turns out all right, god willing, most likely, with luck, probably, conceivably, feasibly
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Usage

The traditional sense of hopefully, ‘in a hopeful manner,’ has been used since the 17th century. In the second half of the 20th century a new use as a sentence adverb became established, meaning ‘it is to be hoped that,’ as in hopefully, we'll see you tomorrow. This second use is now much more common than the first use, but it is still believed by some people to be incorrect. Why should this be? People do not criticize other sentence adverbs, e.g. sadly (as in sadly, her father died last year) or fortunately (as in fortunately, he recovered). Part of the reason is that hopefully is a rather odd sentence adverb: while many others, such as sadly, regrettably, and clearly, may be paraphrased as ‘it is sad/regrettable/clear that …’, this is not possible with hopefully. Nevertheless, it is clear that use of hopefully has become a shibboleth of ‘correctness’ in the language—even if the arguments on which this is based are not particularly strong—and it is wise to be aware of this in formal contexts. See also sentence adverb and thankfully

Pronunciation:

hopefully

/ˈhōpfəlē/