likely Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "likely" - English Dictionary

See all translations

likelyadjective

uk   us   /ˈlaɪ.kli/
B1 If something is likely, it will probably happen or is expected: Do remind me because I'm likely to forget. What's the likely outcome of this whole business? I suppose that might happen but it's not very likely. [+ that] It's quite likely that we'll be in Spain this time next year.
Opposite
More examples

likelyadverb

uk   us   /ˈlaɪ.kli/
mainly US probably: She will likely need surgery.as likely as not C1 probably: As likely as not, she'll end up in court over this problem.most/very likely C1 very probably: Most likely he'll turn up late..not likely! B1 informal certainly not!: "Do you want to come running with me?" "Not likely!"
(Definition of likely from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of likely?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “likely” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
avatar

an image that represents you in online games, chat rooms, etc. and that you can move around the screen

Word of the Day

The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
by Liz Walter,
June 24, 2015
Look at these two sentences: My sister made the cake. The cake was made by my sister. Both these sentences mean the same. The first is an active sentence: it tells you what the sister did. The second is a passive sentence: it tells you what happened to the cake. Here are

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More