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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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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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