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hope•ful•ly(ˈhoʊp fə li)
If you do something hopefully, you do it hoping that a particular thing will happen.
This use of hopefully occurs mainly in books, rather than in conversation.
Hopefully is much more commonly a sentence adverb. You add hopefully to a statement to indicate that you hope that what you are saying is true or will be true.
This use of hopefully is fairly new in British English, and some people object to it. However, it is now very common in conversation and writing. No other English adverb can be used with the same meaning.
|Adv.||1.||hopefully - with hope; in a hopeful manner; "we searched hopefully for a good position"|
hopelessly - without hope; desperate because there seems no possibility of comfort or success; "he hung his head hopelessly"; "`I must die,' he said hopelessly"
|2.||hopefully - it is hoped; "hopefully the weather will be fine on Sunday"|
I looked hopefully around the room for a glimpse of my luggage → miré por la habitación con esperanzas de ver mi equipaje
she smiled at me hopefully → me dirigió una sonrisa esperanzada