Translation of "likely" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary


adjective uk /ˈlaɪ.kli/ us /ˈlaɪ.kli/

B1 If something is likely, it will probably happen or is expected.

Do remind me because I'm likely to forget. 一定要提醒我,因为我可能会忘记。
What's the likely outcome of this whole business? 整个事件可能会出现什么结果?
I suppose that might happen but it's not very likely. 我认为那样的事也许会发生,但可能性不大。
[ + that ] It's quite likely that we'll be in Spain this time next year. 明年的这个时候我们很可能会在西班牙。
→ Opposite unlikely
adverb uk /ˈlaɪ.kli/ 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. 关于这个问题她最终很可能会诉诸法律。
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!"

(Translation of “likely” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)