English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'hopefully'

in a hopeful manner
`Am I welcome?' he smiled hopefully.
with anticipation
it is hoped
(informal)  Hopefully, you won't have any problems after reading this.
it is hoped
, ,
all being well
God willing

Usage note

Some people object to the use of hopefully as a synonym for the phrase `it is hoped that' in a sentence such as hopefully I'll be able to attend the meeting. This use of the adverb first appeared in America in the 1960s, but it has rapidly established itself elsewhere. There are really no strong grounds for objecting to it, since we accept other sentence adverbials that fulfil a similar function, for example unfortunately, which means `it is unfortunate that' in a sentence such as unfortunately I won't be able to attend the meeting.

See related content

English Translation of "hopefully"
English Translation of "hopefully"
NEW from Collins!
NEW from Collins!
English Word Lists
English Word Lists
Latest Word Submissions
Latest Word Submissions
Easy Learning English Grammar
Easy Learning English Grammar
COBUILD Grammar Patterns
COBUILD Grammar Patterns
Word Lover's Blog
Word Lover's Blog
Online Scrabble Checker
Online Scrabble Checker
The Paul Noble Method
The Paul Noble Method

Video: pronunciation of 'hopefully'


Thesaurus for hopefully from the Collins English Thesaurus
The moon is at the forefront of our minds as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s ‘small step’ on 20th July, 1969. This month, we’ve been exploring lunar terminology, as well as looking at how the moon has woven itself into the fabric of our everyday language.
Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
Register now or login in to access