likely - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    probably going to happen, or probably true

    The most likely cause of the fire was a cigarette.

    likely to do something:

    The study shows some people are more likely to suffer back problems.

    likely (that):

    It seems likely that interest rates will rise.

    more than likely (=almost certain):

    It’s more than likely I’ll see Ben this week.

  2. 2
    [only before noun] suitable, or almost certain to be successful

    She’s a likely candidate for the job.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    more likely than not most probably

    Go to any party, regardless of size, and more likely than not you will see Mike there.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 17/11/2015