What does likely mean?

Definitions for likely
ˈlaɪk lilike·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word likely.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. likelyadjective

    has a good chance of being the case or of coming about

    "these services are likely to be available to us all before long"; "she is likely to forget"; "a likely place for a restaurant"; "the broken limb is likely to fall"; "rain is likely"; "a likely topic for investigation"; "likely candidates for the job"

  2. probable, likelyadjective

    likely but not certain to be or become true or real

    "a likely result"; "he foresaw a probable loss"

  3. likely, potentialadjective

    expected to become or be; in prospect

    "potential clients"

  4. likelyadverb

    within the realm of credibility

    "not a very likely excuse"

  5. probably, likely, in all likelihood, in all probability, belikeadverb

    with considerable certainty; without much doubt

    "He is probably out of the country"; "in all likelihood we are headed for war"

Wiktionary

  1. likelynoun

    Something or somebody considered likely.

  2. likelyadverb

    Similarly.

  3. likelyadverb

    Probably.

    Likely he'll win the election in this economy.

  4. likelyadjective

    probable; having a greater-than-even chance of occurring

    Rain is likely later this afternoon.

  5. likelyadjective

    probable; Possessing or displaying the qualities or characteristics that make something probable

    They are likely to become angry with him.

  6. likelyadjective

    appropriate, suitable; believable; having a good potential

    Jones is a likely candidate for management.

  7. likelyadjective

    plausible; Within the realm of credibility

    not a very likely excuse.

  8. likelyadjective

    promising; Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome

    a likely topic for investigation.

  9. likelyadjective

    attractive; pleasant

    found a likely spot under a shady tree for the picnic.

  10. likelyadjective

    Reasonably to be expected; apparently destined.

    He is likely to succeed at anything he tries.

  11. Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Likelyadjective

    worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story

  2. Likelyadjective

    having probability; having or giving reason to expect; -- followed by the infinitive; as, it is likely to rain

  3. Likelyadjective

    similar; like; alike

  4. Likelyadjective

    such as suits; good-looking; pleasing; agreeable; handsome

  5. Likelyadjective

    having such qualities as make success probable; well adapted to the place; promising; as, a likely young man; a likely servant

  6. Likelyadverb

    in all probability; probably

  7. Etymology: [That is, like-like. See Like, a.]

Freebase

  1. Likely

    Likely is a census-designated place in Modoc County, California. It is located near the South Fork of the Pit River 18 miles south of the county seat of Alturas, at an elevation of 4,449 feet. Located 6 miles north-northwest of Likely Mountain, it is somewhat sheltered from prevailing southwesterly winds, and its microclimate is noticeably drier and less stormy than surrounding areas. The ZIP Code for the community is 96116.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'likely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #384

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'likely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #878

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'likely' in Adjectives Frequency: #38

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of likely in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of likely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of likely in a Sentence

  1. Rodrigo Catril:

    There is a lot we don’t know about Omicron, but markets have been forced to reassess the global growth outlook until we know more, pfizer expects to know within two weeks if Omicron is resistant to its current vaccine, others suggest it may take several weeks. Until then markets are likely to remain jittery.

  2. Boris Johnson:

    The UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks. We think it very likely indeed that Iran was indeed responsible, we will be working with our American friends and our European friends to construct a response that tries to deescalate tensions in the Gulf region.

  3. Phil Kelly:

    Nothing has changed from last week’s detailed 10-page opinion from the court which in granting a preliminary injunction against ITV found as to each and every claim alleged by ITV that the Gurneys are likely to prevail, including the court’s findings that they were terminated without good cause and that they remain the controlling managers of Gurney Productions.

  4. Anne Salladin:

    This (scrutiny) is not likely to decrease any time soon and may increase, at least in the short term, after a new president takes office.

  5. John Lettieri:

    Investors are sitting on a large pile of (unrealized) capital gains, we think the scale is likely to be measured certainly in the tens of billions of dollars.

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Translations for likely

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  • sandsynligDanish
  • glaubhaft, wahrscheinlich, plausibelGerman
  • probableSpanish
  • احتمال داردPersian
  • uskottava, lupaava, mahdollinen, sopiva, luultava, todennäköinen, miellyttäväFinnish
  • probableFrench
  • promettente, adatto, piacevole, probabile, verosimileItalian
  • きっと, おそらくJapanese
  • iespējams, ticamsLatvian
  • sannsynligNorwegian
  • prawdopodobnyPolish
  • provávelPortuguese
  • probabilRomanian
  • многообещающий, очаровательный, обаятельный, возможный, вероятный, подающий надежды, годный, подходящий, привлекательный, пригодный, перспективныйRussian
  • vjerojatanSerbo-Croatian
  • sannolik, trolig, rimligSwedish
  • швидше за всеUkrainian
  • 容易Chinese

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    • A. conveyance
    • B. mitre
    • C. pluck
    • D. sheath

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