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adjective likely pronunciation in British English /ˈlaɪkli/
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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.


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