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Definition of likely adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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GrammarlikelyThe adverb likely is often used with a word such as most, more, or very:We will most likely see him later.In informal English, likely is sometimes used on its own:We will likely see him later. He said that he would likely run for President.Idioms
as likely as not, most/very likely
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very probably As likely as not she's forgotten all about it. The illness was caused, most likely, by a virus.
not likely! (informal)
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used to disagree strongly with a statement or suggestion Me? Join the army? Not likely!
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