Definition of likely adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

likely

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪkli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪkli//
 
 
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as ˌlikely as ˈnot, most/very ˈlikely
 
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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. Grammar Pointlikely In standard British English the adverb likely is often used with a word such as most, more or very:We will most likely see him later. In journalism and less formal language, however, likely is used on its own:The deal will likely result in more cuts to services. In informal North American English likely is often used on its own, and this is not considered incorrect:We will likely see him later. He said that he would likely run for President.
not ˈlikely!
 
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(informal, especially British English) used to disagree strongly with a statement or suggestion Me? Join the army? Not likely!
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