hopefully

adverb
hope·​ful·​ly | \ ˈhōp-fə-lē How to pronounce hopefully (audio) \

Definition of hopefully

1 : in a way that expresses desire with an expectation of fulfillment : in a hopeful manner gazed up at us hopefully
2 : it is hoped : I hope : we hope hopefully the rain will end soon

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Can hopefully mean 'I hope'?: Usage Guide

In the 1960s the second sense of hopefully ("it is hoped"), which dates to the early 18th century and had been in fairly widespread use since at least the 1930s, underwent a surge in popularity. A surge of criticism followed in reaction, but the criticism took no account of the grammar of adverbs. Hopefully when used to mean "it is hoped" is a member of a class of adverbs known as disjuncts. Disjuncts serve as a means by which the author or speaker can comment directly to the reader or hearer usually on the content of the sentence to which they are attached. Many other adverbs (such as interestingly, frankly, clearly, luckily, unfortunately) are similarly used; most are so ordinary as to excite no comment or interest whatsoever. The "it is hoped" sense of hopefully is entirely standard.

Examples of hopefully in a Sentence

They gazed up at us hopefully. Hopefully, things will get better soon.

Recent Examples on the Web

The two had as tempestuous a relationship as any in show business, which the series explores, with (hopefully) some fabulous dance sequences. Vogue, "9 Things to Watch in April on Netflix, HBO and More," 29 Mar. 2019 Which means, there’s hopefully plenty more Mandy to come! Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Molly McCook Pens a Candid Letter About Her Time on the Show," 23 Mar. 2019 Now that the Trump administration appears to be closing in on a trade deal with China, and thus hopefully averting a damaging tariff war, the U.S. economy is positioned to grow at 3% to 4% over the next several years. Stephen Moore And Louis Woodhill, WSJ, "The Fed Is a Threat to Growth," 13 Mar. 2019 The person would drive up to me in the car to ask, and hopefully my friends are also there. Alanna Greco, Seventeen, "These Celebs Have the *Best* Promposal Ideas," 12 Mar. 2019 The buttons on the four corners of the duvet effectively snap the top sheet and top cover together, seamlessly blending the two so they don't get separated during your (hopefully) soundless eight hours of sleep. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These Top Sheets Snap to Your Duvet, So You Never Get Tangled Up in Bed Again," 22 Feb. 2019 The vibrant colors of the eye and lip aren't typically seen in the show's universe, so hopefully the packaging will speak to the Game of Thrones-aesthetic that fans know all too well. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "An Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Makeup Collection Is Coming," 22 Feb. 2019 When that first unseasonably warm day finally comes and your gut instinct is to get outside, hopefully you second instinct is to reach for the sunscreen. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Tell If Your Sunscreen Is Expired, According to Dermatologists," 15 Feb. 2019 But hopefully, 2019 will start to provide some answers to those questions — and some new leaps forward. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Apple," 27 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hopefully.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of hopefully

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hopefully was in 1593

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hopefully

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of hopefully

: in a hopeful manner
: it is hoped : I hope : we hope

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