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American English: /ˈlaɪkli/
British English: /ˈlʌɪkli/

Translation of likely in Spanish:

adjective -lier, -liest

  • 1.1 (probable)
    she's a likely choice
    tiene muchas posibilidades de que la elijan
    I prepared for the most likely questions
    preparé las preguntas que era más probable que me hicieran
    rain is likely
    es posible or probable que llueva
    it's more than likely that she's out
    lo más seguro es que no esté
    how likely is it that they'll come?
    ¿qué probabilidades hay de que vengan?
    a likely story! [ironic]
    ¡cuéntame otra! [irónico]
    to be likely to + infinitiveit is likely to be a tough match
    lo más probable es que sea un partido difícil
    are you likely to be in tomorrow?
    ¿estarás en casa mañana?
    they're not very likely to agree
    no es muy probable que acepten
    Example sentences
    • It is likely that many Australian homes do not even have a Bible, and those that do, leave it unread.
    • If the legs move at each strain it is likely that the cow will calve without too much trouble.
    • We are still finalising the design but it is likely that these specific premises will be affected.
    1.2 (promising) See examples: she's the most likely applicant
    es la candidata con más posibilidades
    here's a likely-looking customer
    aquí viene un posible cliente
    this is a likely place to find a telephone
    aquí tiene que haber un teléfono


  • most likely she'll forget
    lo más probable es que se olvide
    as likely as not it'll be closed
    lo más probable es que esté cerrado
    maybe she's gone out — quite likely/more than likely
    quizás haya salido — es lo más probable/con seguridad
    not likely! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • By the laws of probability, the culprit was most likely an obnoxious American tourist.
    • Maybe even him, if he was strong enough, but more then likely the older females would fight.
    • I explained it was most likely the blonde hair making my skin colour look different in contrast.

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