Definition of hopefully adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hopefully

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//ˈhəʊpfəli//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊpfəli//
     
     
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  1. 1used to express what you hope will happen Hopefully, we'll arrive before dark. Although this is the most common use of hopefully, it is a fairly new use and some people think it is not correct.
  2. 2showing hope ‘Are you free tonight?’ she asked hopefully.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hopefully