|Origin:||glikligr, from glikr 'like'|
like‧ly1 S1 W1 comparative likelier, superlative likeliest
something that is likely will probably happen or is probably true [≠ unlikely]:
Snow showers are likely tomorrow.
likely outcome/effects/consequences etc
What are the likely effects of the law going to be?
the most likely cause of the problem
likely to do/be something
Children who live in the country's rural areas are very likely to be poor.
Young drivers are far more likely to have accidents than older drivers.
It is more than likely (=almost certain) the votes will have to be counted again.
It could have been an accident, but that was hardly likely (=not very likely).
He could offer no likely explanation when I asked him.
2 [only before noun]
suitable for a particular purpose:
the three most likely candidates for president
One likely source of energy is windpower.
used to tell someone you do not believe what they have just said