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English definition of “likely”

likely

adjective     /ˈlaɪ.kli/
B1 describes something that 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 unlikelyPossible and probable unlikelyGrammar:Be likely toBe likely to is used to talk about how probable things are:Grammar:Likely and unlikelyLikely and unlikely are adjectives. We use them to say that something will probably happen or not happen in the future. We can use them before a noun, or with the verbs be, seem and appear:
(Definition of likely adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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