What does hopefully mean?

Definitions for hopefully
ˈhoʊp fə lihope·ful·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hopefullyadverb

    with hope; in a hopeful manner

    "we searched hopefully for a good position"

  2. hopefullyadverb

    it is hoped

    "hopefully the weather will be fine on Sunday"


  1. Hopefullyadverb

    In a hopeful manner.

  2. Hopefullyadverb

    I hope; if all goes well; as, hopefully, the dress will be ready before the party. Some prescriptivists object to this usage as being ungrammatical, but it is very common and well understood. It is usually used to begin a sentence describing a desired future event.


  1. hopefullyadverb

    It is hoped that; I hope; we hope.

    Hopefully, my father will arrive in time for the show.

  2. hopefullyadverb

    In a hopeful manner.

    In justifying the new parking structure, the council looked hopefully to rising retail sales downtown.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hopefullyadverb

    Etymology: from hopeful.

    He left all his female kindred either matched with peers of the realm actually, or hopefully with earls sons and heirs. Henry Wotton.

    They were ready to renew the war, and to prosecute it hopefully, to the reduction or suppression of the Irish. Edward Hyde.

    From your promising and generous endeavours we may hopefully expect a considerable enlargement of the history of nature. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. Preface.


  1. Hopefully

    Hopefully is an adverb which means "in a hopeful manner" or, when used as a disjunct, "it is hoped". Its use as a disjunct has prompted controversy among advocates of linguistic purism or linguistic prescription.


  1. hopefully

    Hopefully is an adverb that refers to expressing a desire or expectation that a certain event or action will happen. It is often used to denote a sense of optimism and wishful thinking about the future.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hopefully' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1279

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hopefully' in Adverbs Frequency: #301

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hopefully in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hopefully in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of hopefully in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Smith:

    By 2030, two-thirds of the world's population will be living in cities, and we know that living in an urban environment can be pretty toxic to Aiden Doherty circadian system because of all the artificial light that Aiden Doherty're exposed to, so we need to think about ways to help people tune in to their natural rhythms of activity and sleeping more effectively. Hopefully, that will protect a lot of people from mood disorders.

  2. Karen Crosby:

    This is a small area and there was a lot attention brought to it, we just didn't feel comfortable doing it, hopefully this year we will be able to play again once this dies down, we'd like to.

  3. Tyrone Taylor:

    It feels really good to be able to contribute for the team the way I have recently, it feels nice and hopefully I just keep it going. Especially to being able to contribute on a game where we win like this, it’s cool.

  4. Seth MacFarlane:

    I think the 'oh my, well I never' narrative is a popular one in the press right now and I think when you put that aside and get that out of your system, it is a movie that does have an actual story, there is an actual set of stakes for Ted and hopefully that will come through in the viewing of it.

  5. El Molla:

    We're looking to expedite the agreement with the partner and speed up production. Hopefully we will begin production from the discovery in 2017.

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