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. likely(adj)

    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, likely(adj)

    likely but not certain to be or become true or real

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

  3. likely, potential(adj)

    expected to become or be; in prospect

    "potential clients"

  4. likely(adverb)

    within the realm of credibility

    "not a very likely excuse"

  5. probably, likely, in all likelihood, in all probability, belike(adverb)

    with considerable certainty; without much doubt

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


  1. likely(Noun)

    Something or somebody considered likely.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  2. likely(Adverb)


    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  3. likely(Adverb)


    Likely he'll win the election in this economy.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  4. likely(Adjective)

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

    Rain is likely later this afternoon.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  5. likely(Adjective)

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

    They are likely to become angry with him.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  6. likely(Adjective)

    appropriate, suitable; believable; having a good potential

    Jones is a likely candidate for management.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  7. likely(Adjective)

    plausible; Within the realm of credibility

    not a very likely excuse.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  8. likely(Adjective)

    promising; Apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome

    a likely topic for investigation.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  9. likely(Adjective)

    attractive; pleasant

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

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  10. likely(Adjective)

    Reasonably to be expected; apparently destined.

    He is likely to succeed at anything he tries.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Likely(adj)

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

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

  2. Likely(adj)

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

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

  3. Likely(adj)

    similar; like; alike

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

  4. Likely(adj)

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

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

  5. Likely(adj)

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

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

  6. Likely(adverb)

    in all probability; probably

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


  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

How to pronounce likely?

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  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. Ed Keon:

    I believe it's more likely to be noise than part of a broader correction.

  2. Matteo Salvini:

    ITALY'S BERLUSCONI ADOPTS TRUMP'S RHETORIC AS ELECTION NEARS, CALLS MIGRANTS A 'SOCIAL BOMB' The coalition leaders have said whichever party gets the most votes will get to choose the prime minister. Berlusconi has said he would appoint longtime ally and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. Should the League get more votes, that would open the door to Salvini being prime minister. However, that is unlikely if the polls are accurate, and there are indications that Salvini and Berlusconi are more likely to hash out a deal where Salvini gets a migration-focused position at the Interior Department. Give me the interior ministry for three months and you'll see what order and cleanliness I bring back from north to south all over Italy.

  3. Carey Balaban:

    The way we view this is that it's an area for active research, i'm currently doing some research sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, where we're looking at using computer simulation and a variety of physical and biological models to just get an idea of what are likely possibilities.

  4. Daniel Coleman:

    If this pilot is the first major market-structure thing we're looking at right now in equities and any result is likely four years away, I think what it says to me is that we're looking at the status quo for a while.

  5. Andy Murray:

    I will see how the next couple of days go. I'm playing sets on Saturday, but most likely I'll be playing, i need to play it a little bit by ear, I can't predict how I will feel in two days.

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Translations for likely

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  • sandsynligDanish
  • wahrscheinlich, glaubhaft, plausibelGerman
  • probableSpanish
  • احتمال داردPersian
  • miellyttävä, todennäköinen, luultava, uskottava, mahdollinen, sopiva, lupaavaFinnish
  • probableFrench
  • adatto, promettente, probabile, piacevole, verosimileItalian
  • おそらく, きっとJapanese
  • ticams, iespējamsLatvian
  • sannsynligNorwegian
  • prawdopodobnyPolish
  • provávelPortuguese
  • probabilRomanian
  • вероятный, перспективный, пригодный, привлекательный, подходящий, годный, подающий надежды, возможный, обаятельный, многообещающий, очаровательныйRussian
  • vjerojatanSerbo-Croatian
  • rimlig, trolig, sannolikSwedish
  • швидше за всеUkrainian
  • 容易Chinese

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