likely
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likely(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (probable)
a. probable
It's likely to snow tonight.Es probable que nieva esta noche.
2. (suitable)
a. adecuado
George is the likely choice to be our next coach.George es la elección adecuada para ser nuestro próximo entrenador.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (without much doubt)
a. probablemente
You'll likely hear the pop star's new hit before the end of the month.Probablemente se escuchará el nuevo éxito de la estrella de pop antes del fin de mes.
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likely
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (probable)
a. probable
a likely outcomeun resultado probable
it's not very likelyno es muy probable
it's more than likelyes más que probable
it's likely to rainlo más probable es que llueva
she is likely to comelo más probable es que venga
2. (ironic)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
a likely story!¡y yo me lo creo!
3. (suitable)
a. apropiado(a), adecuado(a)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
very likelymuy probablemente
as likely as notcasi seguro, seguramente
5. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
not likely!¡ni hablar!
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likely [ˈlaɪklɪ]
adjective
likelier (comparative)likeliest (superlative)
1 (probable) [+outcome, consequences] probable
what kind of changes are likely? ¿qué tipo de cambios son probables?; snow is likely on high ground es probable que nieve en zonas altas
the most likely result is...
it is likely that es probable que; it is likely to rain later on es probable que llueva más tarde; they are not likely to come no es probable que vengan; he's likely to do anything puede hacer cualquier cosa; he's the man most likely to win es el que más probabilidades tiene de ganar
a likely [excuse]!
a likely story or tale! ¡menudo cuento!; ¡y yo que me lo creo! (ironic)
2 (suitable)
this seems a likely spot for a picnic este parece un buen sitio para hacer un picnic; she's the most likely candidate es la candidata que parece más idónea; here comes a likely-looking character aquí viene un tipo que parece adecuado or que bien puede servir
we picked out some likely-looking characters from the crowd
adverb
(probably)
she will very or most likely arrive late lo más probable es que llegue tarde; some prisoners will likely be released soon (US) es probable que pronto se deje en libertad a algunos prisioneros
It was an allergy he had somehow contracted the evening before at the wedding breakfast, very likely the cold salmon Roberto Calvi's widow said that Calvi was most likely murdered
(as) likely as not he'll arrive early lo más probable es que llegue pronto; seguramente llegará pronto
"Do you think he was here this morning?" Baxter shrugged. "Likely as not."
this is more than likely true lo más probable or seguro es que sea cierto
"I expect she'll be re-elected" — "yes, more than likely" —me imagino que la volverán a elegir —si, seguramente
not likely! ¡ni hablar! (informal)
"Will you come back when he recovers?" "Not likely!"
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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