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"

Wiktionary

  1. likely(Noun)

    Something or somebody considered likely.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  2. likely(Adverb)

    Similarly.

    Etymology: From líkligr, from líkr.

  3. likely(Adverb)

    Probably.

    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.]

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

How to pronounce likely?

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How to say likely in sign language?

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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. Kent Bayazitoglu:

    Now we start off with a clean slate and will likely see more long trades since the market expects prices to rise in the future.

  2. Simon Cowell:

    I'd accept an honour but I don't think I'm likely to get one. The Queen once described me as a dreadful man

  3. Qusair Mohamedbhai:

    These facts undermine Denver Police Department's claim that Jessie was driving at the officers as they shot her, the wound path and trajectory of the bullet that likely killed Jessica Hernandez undermines the version of events as indicated by the Denver Police Department.

  4. David Miliband:

    This is not a blip, the forces that are driving more and more people from their homes - weak states, big tumults within the Islamic world, a divided international system .. None of these things are likely to abate soon.

  5. Elizabeth Wydra:

    Given the strong public interest in getting DAPA off the ground as soon as possible, the administration will almost certainly go straight to the Supreme Court, it will file this request with Justice (Antonin) Scalia, the justice assigned to the Fifth Circuit, but he will very likely refer the matter to the entire Court for all of the justices to consider.

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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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