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likely

adjective uk   /ˈlaɪ.kli/ us  
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.
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adverb uk   /ˈlaɪ.kli/ us  
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!"
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