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adjective like·ly \ˈlī-klē\

Definition of likely

likelier

likeliest

  1. 1 :  having a high probability of occurring or being true :  very probable <rain is likely today>

  2. 2 :  apparently qualified :  suitable <a likely place>

  3. 3 :  reliable, credible <a likely enough story>

  4. 4 :  promising <a likely candidate>

  5. 5 :  attractive <a likely child>

Examples of likely in a sentence

  1. That seems to be the most likely explanation.

  2. This looks like a likely spot for a picnic.

  3. They regard him as a likely candidate for the job.

Origin and Etymology of likely

Middle English, from Old English gelīclic fitting (from gelīc like) and Old Norse glīkligr, līkligr, from glīkr like; akin to Old English gelīc


First Known Use: 14th century


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adverb like·ly

Definition of likely

  1. :  in all probability :  probably <those who seek power will most likely wind up exercising it — Halton Arp>

Examples of likely in a sentence

  1. He'll very likely be late.

  2. Will it rain tomorrow? Most likely.

14th Century

First Known Use of likely

14th century



LIKELY Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective like·ly \ˈlī-klē\

Definition of likely for English Language Learners

  • —used to indicate the chance that something will happen

  • : seeming to be true

  • : seeming to be right or suited for a purpose


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adverb like·ly

Definition of likely for English Language Learners

  • : without much doubt


LIKELY Defined for Kids

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likely

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adjective like·ly \ˈlī-klē\

Definition of likely for Students

likelier

likeliest

  1. 1 :  very possibly going to happen <That glass is likely to fall.>

  2. 2 :  seeming to be the truth :  believable <That is the most likely explanation.>

  3. 3 :  giving hope of turning out well :  promising <They found a likely spot for a picnic.>


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adverb like·ly

Definition of likely for Students

  1. :  without great doubt <She will likely be elected class president.>



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