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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Likelyadjective

    Etymology: from like.

    These young companions make themselves believe they love at the first looking of a likely beauty. Philip Sidney.

    Sir John, they are your likeliest men; I would have you served with the best. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

  2. Likelyadverb

    Probably; as may reasonably be thought.

    While man was innocent, he was likely ignorant of nothing that imported him to know. Joseph Glanvill, Scep.

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. Hao Zhou:

    To cope with this risk, monetary policy could illustrate further easing bias. For the FX market, risk-off mode is likely to dominate for the time being.

  2. Natalie Dautovich:

    Fresh air can have a cooling effect and we know that a cool bedroom environment is key to getting a good night's sleep, we also know there are a lot of positive associations between fresh air and relaxation, and when we feel relaxed and comfortable in our environment, we're more likely to feel sleepy.

  3. Sophie Richardson:

    Hong Kong authorities should be working to create a political environment in which protesters do not feel the need for masks - not banning the masks, and deepening restrictions on freedom of expression, chief Executive Carrie Lam needs to agree to an examination of excessive force by police and to resume the process toward universal suffrage. Additional restrictions are only likely to inflame tensions.

  4. Sam Chi Yung:

    There will likely be a default by Greece, which would hit global and Hong Kong markets.

  5. Director Christine Lagarde:

    Global growth will likely be weaker this year than last, with only a modest acceleration expected in 2016.

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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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