likely
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈlaɪkli/
Adjective

likely (comparative likelier, superlative likeliest)

  1. probable; having a greater-than-even chance of occurring
    Rain is likely later this afternoon.
  2. (as predicate, followed by to and infinitive) Reasonably to be expected; apparently destined, probable
    They are likely to become angry with him.
    He is likely to succeed at anything he tries.
  3. appropriate, suitable; believable; having a good potential
    Jones is a likely candidate for management.
  4. plausible; within the realm of credibility
    not a very likely excuse.
  5. promising; apt to achieve success or yield a desired outcome
    a likely topic for investigation.
  6. attractive; pleasant
    found a likely spot under a shady tree for the picnic.
  7. (obsolete) Similar; like; alike.
Synonyms
  • (as predicate, followed by "to" and infinitive) liable
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: promettente
  • Russian: многообеща́ющий
Translations
  • Italian: piacevole
  • Russian: привлека́тельный
Noun

likely (plural likelies)

  1. Something or somebody considered likely.
Adverb

likely (US)

  1. (obsolete) Similarly.
  2. Probably.
    Likely he’ll win the election in this economy.

Likely
Proper noun
  1. CDP in Modoc County, California.



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