Likely

  • 1 likely — [līk′lē] adj. likelier, likeliest [ME likly, prob. aphetic < OE geliclic (or < ? ON likligr): see LIKE1 & LY1] 1. apparently true to the facts; credible; probable [a likely cause] 2. seeming as if it would happen or might happen; reasonably …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 Likely — Like ly, a. [Compar. {Likelier} (l[imac]k l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Likeliest}.] [That is, like like. See {Like}, a.] 1. Worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story. [1913 Webster] It seems likely that he was in hope of being busy and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 likely — 1. As an adverb, likely needs the support of a qualifying or intensifying word such as more, quite, or very (They ve quite likely left by now / It s more likely a toadstool), whereas in AmE it often stands alone: • It is possible to predict that… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 likely — ► ADJECTIVE (likelier, likeliest) 1) such as well might be the case; probable. 2) promising. ► ADVERB ▪ probably. ● a likely story! Cf. ↑a likely story! …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Likely — may refer to:* Likely, British Columbia, Canada * Likely McBrien (1892 1956), leading Australian rules football administrator in the Victorian Football Leagueee also* Likely Airport …

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  • 6 likely — [adj] probable, apt, hopeful acceptable, achievable, anticipated, assuring, attainable, believeable, conceivable, conjecturable, credible, destined, disposed, expected, fair, favorite, feasible, given to, imaginable, inclined, in favor of,… …

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  • 7 Likely — Like ly, adv. In all probability; probably. [1913 Webster] While man was innocent he was likely ignorant of nothing that imported him to know. Glanvill. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 likely — (adj.) c.1300, perhaps from O.N. likligr likely, from likr like (see LIKE (Cf. like) (adj.)). Old English had cognate geliclic. Meaning having the appearance of being strong and capable is from mid 15c., though now mostly confined to American… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 likely — index apparent (presumptive), appropriate, believable, circumstantial, convincing, deductible (provable) …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 likely — 1 *probable, possible Analogous words: credible, believable, colorable, *plausible: reasonable, *rational Antonyms: unlikely Contrasted words: *doubtful, dubious, questionable, problematic: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 likely — like|ly1 W1S1 [ˈlaıkli] adj comparative likelier superlative likeliest [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: glikligr, from glikr like ] 1.) something that is likely will probably happen or is probably true ≠ ↑unlikely ▪ Snow showers are likely… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 likely — 1 / laIkli/ adjective likelier, likeliest 1 something that is likely will probably happen or is probably true: Snow showers are likely in the next 24 hours. | the likely cost of the operation | the likeliest outcome of the talks | likely to do… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 likely — I UK [ˈlaɪklɪ] / US adjective Word forms likely : adjective likely comparative likelier superlative likeliest *** 1) probably going to happen, or probably true The most likely cause of the fire was a cigarette. likely to do something: The study… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 likely — [[t]la͟ɪkli[/t]] ♦ likelier, likeliest 1) ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ that You use likely to indicate that something is probably the case or will probably happen in a particular situation. Experts say a yes vote is still the likely outcome...… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 likely — like|ly1 [ laıkli ] adjective *** 1. ) probably going to happen, or probably true: The most likely cause of the fire was a cigarette. likely to do something: The study shows some people are more likely to suffer back problems. likely that: It… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 likely — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, look, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ make sth ▪ a d …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 likely — /luyk lee/, adj., likelier, likeliest, adv. adj. 1. probably or apparently destined (usually fol. by an infinitive): something not likely to happen. 2. seeming like truth, fact, or certainty; reasonably to be believed or expected; believable: a… …

    Universalium

  • 18 likely — adj. & adv. adj. 1 probable; such as well might happen or be true (it is not likely that they will come; the most likely place is London; a likely story). 2 (foll. by to + infin.) to be reasonably expected (he is not likely to come now). 3… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 likely — like•ly [[t]ˈlaɪk li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est, adv. 1) probably or apparently destined (usu. fol. by an infinitive): something not likely to happen[/ex] 2) seeming like truth, fact, or certainty; believable: a likely story[/ex] 3) seeming to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 likely — adj. 1) (cannot stand alone) likely to + inf. (she is likely to show up; it is not likely to snow) 2) likely that + clause (it is likely that there will be more rain) * * * [ laɪklɪ] likely that + clause (it is likely that there will be more… …

    Combinatory dictionary