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like·ly

 (līk′lē)
adj. like·li·er, like·li·est
1. Possessing or displaying the qualities or characteristics that make something probable: They are likely to become angry with him. See Usage Note at liable.
2. Within the realm of credibility; plausible: not a very likely excuse.
3. Apparently appropriate or suitable: There were several likely candidates for the job.
4. Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome; promising: a likely topic for investigation.
5. Attractive; pleasant: found a likely spot under a shady tree for the picnic.
adv.
Probably: They'll likely buy a new car soon.

[Middle English likly, from Old English gelīclīc (from gelīc, similar) and from Old Norse līkligr (from līkr, similar); see līk- in Indo-European roots.]

likely

(ˈlaɪklɪ)
adj
1. (usually foll by an infinitive) tending or inclined; apt: likely to rain.
2. probable: a likely result.
3. believable or feasible; plausible
4. appropriate for a purpose or activity
5. having good possibilities of success: a likely candidate.
6. dialect chiefly US attractive, agreeable, or enjoyable: her likely ways won her many friends.
adv
7. probably or presumably
8. as likely as not very probably
[C14: from Old Norse līkligr]
Usage: Likely as an adverb is preceded by another, intensifying adverb, as in it will very likely rain or it will most likely rain. Its use without an intensifier, as in it will likely rain is regarded as unacceptable by most users of British English, though it is common in colloquial US English

like•ly

(ˈlaɪk li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. probably or apparently destined (usu. fol. by an infinitive): something not likely to happen.
2. seeming like truth, fact, or certainty; believable: a likely story.
3. seeming to fulfill requirements or expectations; apparently suitable: a likely place to live.
4. showing promise of achievement or excellence.
adv.
5. probably: We will most likely stay home this evening.
[1250–1300; Middle English likli < Old Norse līkligr. See like1, -ly]
usage: likely meaning “probably” is often preceded by a qualifying word: The new system will quite likely increase profits. Some usage guides maintain that such a qualifier must always be present. However, likely without the qualifier is standard in all varieties of English: The new system will likely increase profits. See also apt, liable.

likely

, liable - Use likely if you mean "probable, expected"; use liable if you mean "bound by law or obligation."
See also related terms for obligation.

likely

1. used as an adjective

Likely is usually an adjective. You say, for example, that something is likely to happen.

These services are likely to be available to us all before long.

You can also say that it is likely that something will happen.

It is likely that his symptoms will disappear without treatment.
If this is your first baby, it's far more likely that you'll get to the hospital too early.
2. used as an adverb

In conversation and in informal writing, likely is sometimes an adverb with most, more than, or very in front of it, or as part of the phrase more likely than not. Don't use it as an adverb on its own.

Profits will most likely have risen by about $25 million.
More than likely, the cause of her illness is stress.
More likely than not they would kill him if they found out who he really was.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.likely - has a good chance of being the case or of coming about; "these services are likely to be available to us all before long"; "she is likely to forget"; "a likely place for a restaurant"; "the broken limb is likely to fall"; "rain is likely"; "a likely topic for investigation"; "likely candidates for the job"
possible - capable of happening or existing; "a breakthrough may be possible next year"; "anything is possible"; "warned of possible consequences"
unlikely - has little chance of being the case or coming about; "an unlikely story"; "an unlikely candidate for reelection"; "a butcher is unlikely to preach vegetarianism"
2.likely - likely but not certain to be or become true or real; "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"
3.likely - expected to become or be; in prospect; "potential clients"
prospective - of or concerned with or related to the future; "prospective earnings"; "a prospective mother"; "a prospective bride"; "the statute is solely prospective in operation"
4.likely - within the realm of credibility; "not a very likely excuse"
believable, credible - capable of being believed; "completely credible testimony"; "credible information"
Adv.1.likely - with considerable certainty; without much doubt; "He is probably out of the country"; "in all likelihood we are headed for war"

likely

adjective
1. inclined, disposed, prone, liable, tending, apt People are more likely to accept change if they understand it.
2. probable, expected, anticipated, odds-on, on the cards, to be expected A 'yes' vote is the likely outcome.
3. plausible, possible, reasonable, credible, feasible, believable, verisimilar It's likely that he still loves her.
4. appropriate, promising, pleasing, fit, fair, favourite, qualified, suitable, acceptable, proper, hopeful, agreeable, up-and-coming, befitting He seemed a likely candidate to becoming Prime Minister.
adverb
1. probably, no doubt, presumably, in all probability, like enough (informal), doubtlessly, like as not (informal) Very likely he'd told them of his business interest.

likely

adjective
1. Having a chance of happening or being true:
2. Based on probability or presumption:
Idiom: taken for granted.
3. Capable of being anticipated, considered, or imagined:
Idioms: humanly possible, within the bounds of possibility.
4. Inspiring confidence or hope:
5. Having or showing a tendency or likelihood:
Translations
pravděpodobnývhodný
muligsandsynlig
todennäköinenuskottavalupaavaluultavamahdollinen
vjerojatno
hentugurlíklegur
・・・しそうな
있을 법한
verjeten
sannolik
เป็นไปได้
có thể xảy ra

likely

[ˈlaɪklɪ]
A. ADJ (likelier (compar) (likeliest (superl)))
1. (= probable) [outcome, consequences] → probable
what kind of changes are likely?¿qué tipo de cambios son probables?
snow is likely on high groundes probable que nieve en zonas altas
it is likely thates probable que + subjun
it is likely to rain later ones probable que llueva más tarde
they are not likely to comeno es probable que vengan
he's likely to do anythingpuede hacer cualquier cosa
he's the man most likely to wines el que más probabilidades tiene de ganar
a likely story or tale! (iro) → ¡menudo cuento!, ¡y yo que me lo creo! (iro)
2. (= suitable) this seems a likely spot for a picnicéste parece un buen sitio para hacer un picnic
she's the most likely candidatees la candidata que parece más idónea
here comes a likely-looking characteraquí viene un tipo que parece adecuado or que bien puede servir
B. ADV (= probably) she will very or most likely arrive latelo más probable es que llegue tarde
some prisoners will likely be released soon (US) → es probable que pronto se deje en libertad a algunos prisioneros
(as) likely as not he'll arrive earlylo más probable es que llegue pronto, seguramente llegará pronto
this is more than likely truelo más probable or seguro es que sea cierto
"I expect she'll be re-elected" - "yes, more than likely"-me imagino que la volverán a elegir -si, seguramente
not likely!¡ni hablar!

likely

[ˈlaɪkli] adj
[result, outcome, scenario, impact] → probable
That's not very likely → C'est peu probable.
to be likely to do sth
She's likely to come → Elle viendra probablement.
He's likely to leave → Il va probablement partir.
He is likely to resign → Il va probablement démissionner.
They are now much more likely to accept the change → Ils sont maintenant bien plus à même d'accepter le changement.
She's not likely to come → Elle ne viendra probablement pas.
it is likely that ... → il est probable que ...
it appears likely that ... → il apparaît probable que ...
[excuse, explanation] → plausible
not likely! (= no fear) → pas de danger!like-minded [ˌlaɪkˈmaɪndɪd] adjde même sensibilité

likely

adj (+er)
(= probable)wahrscheinlich; he is not likely to comees ist unwahrscheinlich, dass er kommt; they are likely to accept/refusesie werden wahrscheinlich zusagen/ablehnen; she is hardly likely to come nowsie wird jetzt kaum kommen; is it likely that I would do that?trauen Sie mir das zu?; the plan most likely to succeedder erfolgversprechendste Plan; an incident likely to cause troubleein Zwischenfall, der möglicherweise Ärger nach sich zieht; a likely explanationeine mögliche or wahrscheinliche Erklärung; (iro)wers glaubt, wird selig! (inf); this is a likely place for him to stayes ist gut möglich, dass er sich hier aufhält; a likely story or tale! (iro)das soll mal einer glauben!
(inf: = suitable) → geeignet; a likely spot for a picnicein geeignetes or prima (inf)Plätzchen für ein Picknick; he is a likely person for the jober kommt für die Stelle infrage or in Frage; likely candidatesaussichtsreiche Kandidaten; a likely(-looking) ladein vielversprechender junger Mann; a likely-looking targetein geeignetes Ziel
advwahrscheinlich; as likely as nothöchstwahrscheinlich; very likely they’ve lost ithöchstwahrscheinlich haben sie es verloren; they’ll likely be late (dial)sie kommen wahrscheinlich zu spät; it’s more likely to be early than latees wird eher früh als spät werden; not likely! (inf iro)wohl kaum (inf)

likely

[ˈlaɪklɪ]
1. adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (outcome, winner) → probabile; (place) → adatto/a, buono/a; (story, explanation) → plausibile
a likely explanation → una spiegazione attendibile or plausibile
a likely story! (iro) → ma a chi la racconti?, e io dovrei crederci?
when is the likeliest time to find you at home? → quando è più probabile trovarti a casa?
it's likely that I'll be late → molto probabilmente sarò in ritardo
an incident likely to cause trouble → un incidente che probabilmente causerà dei problemi
it's not likely that he'll come, he is not likely to come → è difficile che venga
he's likely to leave → è probabile che parta, probabilmente partirà
2. advprobabilmente
most or very likely they've lost it → con molta probabilità or molto probabilmente l'hanno perso
not likely! (fam) → neanche per sogno!

like1

(laik) adjective
the same or similar. They're as like as two peas.
preposition
the same as or similar to; in the same or a similar way as. He climbs like a cat; She is like her mother.
noun
someone or something which is the same or as good etc as another. You won't see his like / their like again.
conjunction
(especially American) in the same or a similar way as. No-one does it like he does.
ˈlikely adjective
1. probable. the likely result; It's likely that she'll succeed.
2. looking etc as if it might be good, useful, suitable etc. a likely spot for a picnic; She's the most likely person for the job.
ˈlikelihood noun
probability.
ˈliken verb
to think or speak of as being similar; to compare. He likened the earth to an apple.
ˈlikeness noun
1. (a) similarity or resemblance. The likeness between them is amazing.
2. a representation of a a person etc in a photographic or painted portrait etc. That photo of Mary is a good likeness.
ˈlikewise adverb
1. in the same or a similar manner. He ignored her, and she ignored him likewise.
2. also. Mrs. Brown came, likewise Mrs. Smith.
like-ˈminded adjective
having a similar opinion or purpose.
a likely story!
I don't believe it!.
as likely as not
probably. As likely as not, he won't remember to come.
be like someone
to be typical of someone. It isn't like him to be late.(=Geç kalmak onun adeti değildir.)
feel like
to be inclined, willing or anxious to (do or have something). I don't feel like going out; I expect he feels like a cup of tea.
he etc is likely to
it is probable that he etc will. He is likely to fail.
look like
1. to appear similar to. She looks very like her mother.
2. to show the effects, signs or possibility of. It looks like rain.
not likely!
certainly not!. `Would you put your head in a lion's mouth?' `Me? Not likely!'

likely

مُحْتَمَلٌ pravděpodobný sandsynlig wahrscheinlich πιθανός probable todennäköinen probable vjerojatno probabile ・・・しそうな 있을 법한 waarschijnlijk sannsynlig prawdopodobny provável возможный sannolik เป็นไปได้ olası có thể xảy ra 很可能的
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But I'm not likely to get a glimpse of it if you don't go with the professor.
Jake nodded at me approvingly and said you were likely to get diseases from foreigners.
If one of the little Pontellier boys took a tumble whilst at play, he was not apt to rush crying to his mother's arms for comfort; he would more likely pick himself up, wipe the water out of his eves and the sand out of his mouth, and go on playing.
Although in a state of perfect repose, and apparently disregarding, with characteristic stoicism, the excitement and bustle around him, there was a sullen fierceness mingled with the quiet of the savage, that was likely to arrest the attention of much more experienced eyes than those which now scanned him, in unconcealed amazement.
They besieged us forty-eight hours; during which time seven of them were killed, and at last, finding themselves not likely to prevail, they raised the siege, and departed.
Soon as I found it out I just waltzed into that Jew shop at the Crossing and bought up all the clothes that would be likely to suit you fellows, before anybody else got a show.
If one of the family did but gurgle in his throat, a bystander would be likely enough to whisper, between jest and earnest,"He has Maule's blood to drink
I could not understand much of what they said, but I found they thought, if I had gone on as the master wanted me, most likely the bridge would have given way under us, and horse, chaise, master, and man would have fallen into the river; and as the current was flowing very strongly, and there was no light and no help at hand, it was more than likely we should all have been drowned.
He'll hunt for new tracks in the dust, and they'll as likely send him down the river as up.
I wish you would try to understand what an amiable young man may be likely to feel in directly opposing those, whom as child and boy he has been looking up to all his life.
I an't the least astonished at it in the world, for I have often thought of late, there was nothing more likely to happen.
Michael Vanstone's address: I was also expected to find out how long he was likely to live there, and whether he had sold Combe-Raven or not.