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adv. Archaic
Probably; perhaps.

[Probably be- (from by) + like, what is likely.]
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archaic or dialect perhaps; maybe
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adv. Archaic.
very likely; probably.
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Adv.1.belike - with considerable certainty; without much doubt; "He is probably out of the country"; "in all likelihood we are headed for war"
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References in classic literature ?
It is commonly seen, that men, once placed, take in with the contrary faction, to that by which they enter: thinking belike, that they have the first sure, and now are ready for a new purchase.
A veritable witness have you hitherto been, Ishmael; but have a care how you seize the privilege of Jonah alone; the privilege of discoursing upon the joists and beams; the rafters, ridge-pole, sleepers, and under-pinnings, making up the frame-work of leviathan; and belike of the tallow-vats, dairy-rooms, butteries, and cheeseries in his bowels.
Poyser, "when I think as we may have notice to quit, and belike be forced to take a farm twenty mile off."
Belike were none in the world more holy than these; for they gave themselves to study of pious books, and spoke not the one to the other, or indeed to any, and ate decayed herbs and naught thereto, and slept hard, and prayed much, and washed never; also they wore the same garment until it fell from their bodies through age and decay.
"Belike; but it was their first sin; and they had been of perfect life for long, and differing in naught from the angels.
Belike we have found that leader in this young man.
It shall all be on table in five minutes, and this good gentleman belike will stop and see you take it." "Well, Miss Abbey, respectfully meaning no offence to you, it would be some satisfaction to a man's 48 mind, to understand why the Fellowship Porters is not to be free to such as me.
Kapiniu viduryje stovejo koplycia, dabar belike tik jos pamatai, o teritorija apsupa Uimtameciu lapuociu medPiu poros.
Balurdo comments: 'Belike Master Aetatis suae was Anno Domini's s on.' (46) When in the same play, Antonio and Mellida, the title characters, share an extended duet in Italian, a page invites the forbearance of the spectators by suggesting that 'a private respect may rebate the edge' of any disapproval (4.1.224-5).
From Moran's I value it found to belike Chess board urban form but it seems to be more inclined towards monocentric urban form on reviewing the maps.
Shakespeare's continuing to relate birds to human ambition and the subsequent lust for power continues when Warwick refutes Richard's accusation that he is a coward: "'Twas odds, belike, when valiant Warwick fled" (l.148).