Translation of "likely" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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likelyadjective

uk /ˈlaɪ.kli/ us /ˈlaɪ.kli/

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

很可能的,可能要发生的
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

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  • Children from an underprivileged family background are statistically more likely to become involved in crime.
  • She made a rough estimate of the likely cost.
  • Disney's latest production looks likely to be their most successful ever.
  • It is likely that the suspects have left the country by now.
  • The study showed that one in twelve women is likely to develop breast cancer.

likelyadverb

uk /ˈlaɪ.kli/ us /ˈlaɪ.kli/
as likely as not

C1 probably

很可能
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。

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