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likely

  
  ( likelier    comparative)   ( likeliest    superlative  )
1       adj   You use likely to indicate that something is probably the case or will probably happen in a particular situation.  
oft it v-link ADJ that   (=probable)     (Antonym: unlikely)    Experts say a `yes' vote is still the likely outcome..., If this is your first baby, it's far more likely that you'll get to the hospital too early..., Francis thought it likely John still loved her.     
      Likely is also an adverb., adv   ADV with cl/group   (=probably)  
Profit will most likely have risen by about £25 million..., Very likely he'd told them he had American business interests.     
2       adj   If someone or something is likelyto do a particular thing, they will very probably do it.  
v-link ADJ to-inf     (Antonym: unlikely)    In the meantime the war of nerves seems likely to continue..., Once people have seen that something actually works, they are much more likely to accept change.     
3       adj   A likely person, place, or thing is one that will probably be suitable for a particular purpose.  
ADJ n  
At one point he had seemed a likely candidate to become Prime Minister..., We aimed the microscope at a likely looking target.     
4    You can say not likely    as an emphatic way of saying `no', especially when someone asks you whether you are going to do something.      
INFORMAL  
not likely             convention  
  (emphasis)   
(=no way)  
`How about having a phone out here?'—`Not likely!'     
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likely     ( likelier    comparative)   ( likeliest    superlative  )
1       adj   You use likely to indicate that something is probably the case or will probably happen in a particular situation.  
oft it v-link ADJ that   (=probable)     (Antonym: unlikely)    Experts say a `yes' vote is still the likely outcome..., If this is your first baby, it's far more likely that you'll get to the hospital too early..., Francis thought it likely John still loved her.     
      Likely is also an adverb., adv   ADV with cl/group   (=probably)  
Profit will most likely have risen by about £25 million..., Very likely he'd told them he had American business interests.     
2       adj   If someone or something is likelyto do a particular thing, they will very probably do it.  
v-link ADJ to-inf     (Antonym: unlikely)    In the meantime the war of nerves seems likely to continue..., Once people have seen that something actually works, they are much more likely to accept change.     
3       adj   A likely person, place, or thing is one that will probably be suitable for a particular purpose.  
ADJ n  
At one point he had seemed a likely candidate to become Prime Minister..., We aimed the microscope at a likely looking target.     
4    You can say not likely as an emphatic way of saying `no', especially when someone asks you whether you are going to do something.  
INFORMAL  
not likely      convention  
  (emphasis)   
(=no way)  
`How about having a phone out here?'—`Not likely!'     

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likely

  

      adj  
1    anticipated, apt, disposed, expected, in a fair way, inclined, liable, on the cards, possible, probable, prone, tending, to be expected  
2    be or seem likely      be in the running for, bid fair, incline towards, promise, stand a good chance, suggest, tend  
3    believable, credible, feasible, plausible, reasonable, verisimilar  
4    acceptable, agreeable, appropriate, befitting, fit, pleasing, proper, qualified, suitable  
5    fair, favourite, hopeful, odds-on, promising, up-and-coming  
      adv  
6    doubtlessly, in all probability, like as not     (informal)   like enough     (informal)   no doubt, presumably, probably  

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like, lily, lively, liken

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v.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
exp.
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century
exp.
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
v.
not to include something
I want to try a diet that excludes dairy products.
exp.
not an easy task
exp.
a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
id.
expression meaning that one should not criticize someone else for a mistake that he/she also makes or a flaw that he/she also has
n.
something that you think is true because it is very likely
I have the presumption that my holiday is going to be great because I am planning to go back to Japan.
exp.
to rattle someone's cage means to do something that is likely to annoy them or unsettle them
n.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
exp.
not right; out of order; not functioning properly
n.
a group to vote for as a whole, not by individuals.
a term used on voting ballots
n.
something not worthy; something of poor quality; a crap
[Slang] This book is a bag of wank, I am disappointed.
n.
someone who does not use high-technology items or services on a daily basis
[Slang] "Amish" is the name of a religious group arisen in the 16th century, that resists modern world's changes (including technology, fashion etc.)
n.
a website that did not undergo any change for a long period of time
[Comp.];[Slang]
n.
a brief moment when one does not remember something or is confused
exp.
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
exp.
business operating in a "real world" not on the internet : like a department store, a car manufacturer
see : click and mortar : a business that combine new technologies and traditional business
exp.
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
n.
Something that as soon as it is done becomes decided upon to repeat the next year and years to come. Does not necessarily have to had been done previous years to be defined an instant tradition.
exp.
expression meaning that someone who is not happy tends to find comfort in seeing others unhappy too
exp.
worry about something; be concerned about smth. (to the point of not being able to fall asleep)
exp.
wait for something, usually linked to a previous event, to happen; expect something that can not be avoided to happen
exp.
a humorous way of saying that something is not needed at all
[Hum.];[Iron.]
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