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"likely" in British English

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likelyadjective

uk   us   /ˈlaɪ.kli/

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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"likely" in American English

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likelyadjective

 us   /ˈlɑɪk·li/
expected to ​happen; ​probable: [+ to infinitive] If I don’t write it down, I’m likely to ​forget.

likelyadverb

 us   /ˈlɑɪ·kli/
probably: I’ll most likely get there at about ten o’clock.
(Definition of likely from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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