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English definition of “likely”

likely

adjective
 
 
/ˈlaɪkli/
EXPECTED B1 expected: [+ to do sth] Do remind me because I'm likely to forget. [+ (that)] It's likely that he'll say no.Possible and probable
TRUE probably true: the most likely explanation → Opposite unlikelyPossible and probable
(Definition of likely adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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