Definition of 'likely'
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But all these possibilities should be weighed against the likely outcome. The Sun (2016)You are also likely to move faster. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Those given the training were less likely to search when stopping a member of the public. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You are more likely to get an understanding reaction. The Sun (2016)These tend to be the ones most likely to cut their dividend payouts. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Men were more likely to say that they had less rest than the average. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Less dramatic and more likely explanations are possible, too. Times, Sunday Times (2017) Things are not likely to improve at the Amex tomorrow. The Sun (2016)He says there are likely to be many companies that do not realise they are working on a product that may qualify for the relief. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Nice is also keen to further public understanding about antibiotic use, with students being especially likely to fail to finish courses or share them with friends. Times, Sunday Times (2017)He is still likely to miss at least four months but not the whole campaign. The Sun (2008)This is especially likely to cause problems in the first few months. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It actually makes the business unbalanced and likely to be out of control. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)They are less likely to measure up well. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Those forced to rely on public defenders are many more times likely to go to jail. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The most likely explanation is that when we fast our body burns stores of fat for energy. The Sun (2014)Which one is likely to be more effective in reducing violence? Times, Sunday Times (2011)They were also more likely to retain their mental abilities further into old age. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Not that the result looked likely at any stage bar the final yards. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Not bad at a time when the world economy is likely to have actually declined. Times, Sunday Times (2009)That trickle of fines is likely to become a tsunami. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Why bother trawling charity shops when your friends are much more likely to have things you like? Times, Sunday Times (2008)They know that their own disruption may make this outcome more likely. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The winner is likely to come from outside the company. The Sun (2013)They also earn more money and are less likely to be unemployed. MAKING HAPPY PEOPLE (2005)There are likely to be many more job changes after the general election. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The expert said some unknown mutation was the most likely explanation. The Sun (2010)The more contact one has the more likely one is to be able to dig deeper. Critical Social Research (1990)They are also more likely to have noticed that human rights are being squeezed. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Those turning to the book for advice on how to get ahead in business are likely to be disappointed. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The answer is likely still no. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Women under stress are less likely to get pregnant, a study suggests. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The false autumn was likely to be especially noticeable in trees in big cities such as London. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Keeping secrets is risky and you're likely to get found out in the worst possible circumstances. The Sun (2007)
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Translations for 'likely'
British English: likely /ˈlaɪklɪ/ ADJECTIVE
You use likely to indicate that something is probably true or will probably happen in a particular situation.
When people see that something actually works, they are much more likely to accept change.
- American English: likely
- Arabic: مُحْتَمَلٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: provável
- Chinese: 很可能的
- Croatian: vjerojatno
- Czech: pravděpodobný
- Danish: sandsynlig
- Dutch: waarschijnlijk
- European Spanish: probable
- Finnish: todennäköinen
- French: probable
- German: wahrscheinlich
- Greek: πιθανός
- Italian: probabile
- Japanese: ･･･しそうな
- Korean: 있을 법한
- Norwegian: sannsynlig
- Polish: prawdopodobny
- European Portuguese: provável
- Romanian: probabil
- Russian: возможный
- Spanish: probable
- Swedish: sannolik
- Thai: เป็นไปได้
- Turkish: olası
- Ukrainian: ймовірний
- Vietnamese: có thể xảy ra
Definition of likely from the Collins English Dictionary
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