Definition of “likely” - English Dictionary

“likely” in English

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uk /ˈlaɪ.kli/ us /ˈlaɪ.kli/


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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us /ˈlɑɪk·li/

expected to happen; probable:

[ + to infinitive ] If I don’t write it down, I’m likely to forget.


us /ˈlɑɪ·kli/


I’ll most likely get there at about ten o’clock.

(Definition of “likely” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)