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"likely" in British English

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likelyadjective

uk   /ˈlaɪ.kli/  us   /ˈlaɪ.kli/

likelyadverb

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.
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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