likely

Definitions

  • "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"
    "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj likely within the realm of credibility "not a very likely excuse"
    • adj likely has a good chance of being the case or of coming about "these services are likely to be available to us all before long","she is likely to forget","a likely place for a restaurant","the broken limb is likely to fall","rain is likely","a likely topic for investigation","likely candidates for the job"
    • adj likely likely but not certain to be or become true or real "a likely result","he foresaw a probable loss"
    • adj likely expected to become or be; in prospect "potential clients"
    • adv likely with considerable certainty; without much doubt "He is probably out of the country","in all likelihood we are headed for war"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Making a Number of Like Pieces from a Given Piece Making a Number of Like Pieces from a Given Piece
Dance, Like They Had Seen the People Dance at The Show 164 Dance, Like They Had Seen the People Dance at The Show 164
Sat There Like a Frog on A Pond Lily Leaf 308 Sat There Like a Frog on A Pond Lily Leaf 308
Wouldn't yer like ter 'ave one o' them things Wouldn't yer like ter 'ave one o' them things
"I hate to have you smoke, Ulaley—I hate to like a dog." "I hate to have you smoke, Ulaley—I hate to like a dog."
A LIFE LIKE THIS WOULD KILL ME A LIFE LIKE THIS WOULD KILL ME
SIT LIKE IMAGES ROUND THE PARAPET SIT LIKE IMAGES ROUND THE PARAPET
The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men are more likely to be colorblind than women. About one of out of 12 men are colorblind
    • Likely Having probability; having or giving reason to expect; -- followed by the infinitive; as, it is likely to rain.
    • Likely Having such qualities as make success probable; well adapted to the place; promising; as, a likely young man; a likely servant.
    • Likely Improbable; unlikely; -- used ironically; as, a likely story.
    • adv Likely In all probability; probably. "While man was innocent he was likely ignorant of nothing that imported him to know."
    • Likely Similar; like; alike.
    • Likely Such as suits; good-looking; pleasing; agreeable; handsome.
    • Likely Worthy of belief; probable; credible; as, a likely story. "It seems likely that he was in hope of being busy and conspicuous."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's more likely you would be attacked by a cow than a shark.
    • likely Similar; congenial; kindred.
    • likely That may be suitable; preferred for a particular reason or purpose; fit or adapted, or giving promise of being so: as, a likely subject for satire.
    • likely Having likeness to truth; that seems or that may be true; credible; probable: as, a likely story.
    • likely Hence Within the limits of probability; having a tendency; so situated or constituted that he or it will probably be or do something indicated: followed by an infinitive.
    • likely Liable to happen or come about; in prospect or expectation.
    • likely Such as may be liked; likable; pleasing; agreeable; commendable; promising; good.
    • likely Synonyms Apt, Likely, etc. See apt.
    • likely Probably; as may reasonably be supposed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No two lions have the same pattern of whiskers, like a fingerprint.
    • adj Likely like the thing required: credible: probable: having reason to expect
    • Likely that may be liked: pleasing
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.”
  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    “I have learnt that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it, me can do, but I cannot do the things that me would like to do.”
  • Elton John
    Elton John
    “I want to do a musical movie. Like Evita, but with good music.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Many talk like philosophers yet live like fools.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “He liked to like people, therefore people liked him.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    Anthony%20Robbins
    “When people are like each other they tend to like each other.”

Idioms

Drink like a fish - If someone drinks like a fish, they drink far too much alcohol.
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Drop like flies - This means that something is disappearing very quickly. For example, if you said people were dropping like flies, it would mean that they were dying off, quitting or giving up something rapidly.
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Dropped like a hot cake - If something is dropped like a hot cake, it is rejected or disposed of very quickly.
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Eat like a bird - If someone eats like a bird, they eat very little.
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Eat like a horse - Someone who eats like a horse, eats a lot.
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Eat like a pig - If some eats like a pig, they either eat too much or they have bad table manners.
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Every ass likes to hear himself bray - This means that people like the sound of their own voice.
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Face like thunder - If someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
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Feel like a million - If you feel like a million, you are feeling very well (healthy) and happy.
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Fit like a glove - If something fits like a glove, it is suitable or the right size.
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Flat out like a lizard drinking - (AU) An Australian idiom meaning extremely busy, which is a word play which humorously mixes two meanings of the term flat out.
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Get on like a house on fire - If people get on like a house on fire, they have a very close and good relationship.
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Go down like a cup of cold sick - (UK) An idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.
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Go down like a lead balloon - (UK) If something goes down like a lead balloon, it fails or is extremely badly received.
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Go over like a lead balloon - (USA) If something goes over like a lead balloon, it will not work well, or go over well.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
That is, like-like,. See Like (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. the verb meant 'to be pleasing,' and was used impersonally, as it 'likes me'—i.e. it pleases me, A.S. lícianlíc, like.

Usage

In literature:

One bout like dat en another like dat en de other bout like dis.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Seems like all the white folks like Dixie.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
What she liked soon became liked in London and Paris throughout a large circle.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I like 'em to see; I like 'em to have four legs; and I like 'em to have a little wind.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Them hairs cut like so many knives when they are flirted about like a wagon-whip.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
Maurice was like the peasants, not like the Palermitan aristocracy.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Jeanne liked these days in the woods, but what was there that she did not like?
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I like it; that is, I like a good many things in it.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
But if Mrs. Peters didn't look like a sheriff's wife, Peters made it up in looking like a sheriff.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
He regretted, and I too regret, that he was like that; but like that he was.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
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In poetry:

The saint or moralist should tread
This moss-grown alley musing, slow;
They seek like me the secret shade,
But not like me to nourish woe!
"The Shrubbery, Written In A Time Of Affliction" by William Cowper
Time, like a bird, hath but one song,
One way to build, like a bird hath he;
Thus hath he built so long, so long,
Thus hath he sung--Ah me!
"Time's Monotone" by Richard Le Gallienne
The rose was bright, but brighter still,
The eyes that shone like heaven;
O Love, come back again and thrill
Our souls like a soul forgiven.
"The Time Of The Rose Is Over" by Alexander Anderson
"It soun's like some auld dirge o' wae,
It chills my bosom thorough,
An' it makes me creep close to your side;
Oh, I dinna like your Yarrow.
"Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
For days and nights he wandered on,
Push'd on by hands behind;
And the days went by like black, black rain,
And the nights like rushing wind.
"The Ballad Of Judas Iscariot" by Robert Williams Buchanan
``And my poor voice He also made;
And like the brook, and like the bird,
And like your brethren mute and staid,
I too can but fulfil His word.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin

In news:

As an adult, I like to think but I don't like being told that I have to think or what to think.
Americans don't want our candy to taste like salad…we want our salad to taste like candy.
It looks like chipmunks are neck-in-neck with squirrels when it comes to liking peanuts.
Like your girlfriend's best friend, the more you push away a song, the more likely it is to come back and demand your attention.
I didn't like it and most baseball fans didn't like it.
They played the first ten minutes or so like they wanted to, like they have been practicing.
Whoopie pies are an all-American baked good that looks like a puffed-up sandwich cookie but tastes more like a cupcake.
Don't know where you've been but everyone knows how much trouble the monkey likes to cause and how nasty the monkey likes to be.
We like our flames, we like our noise, we have our scars.
We got the scoop on what it's like filming on set, and of course, what it's like being "Harry's girl".
Easton mall falls away like a mirage — or it's like you've passed through some kind of quantum wormhole — when you step into Mitchell's Ocean Club.
It was beginning to a look a lot like Christmas while it should have been looking more like Halloween.
She likes to wear meat and I like to eat it.
Why do magpies like shiny things like jewels and watches.
Like when I leave a concert, it seems I hear one of two things…"They sounded just like the album", or "They didn't sound at all like their album does".
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In science:

Such a primordial population would then either remain essentially unevolved in Taurus-like star-forming regions, or would evolve dynamically in dense Orion-like environments on a cluster crossing-time scale (Kroupa 2000; Kroupa et al. 2001; Kroupa et al. 2003).
Limits on the primordial stellar multiplicity
This like-to-like matching necessitates having a spectrum of a nearby supernova at every possible epoch for every different type of supernova.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
It is spectroscopically like SN 1991bg, a sub-luminous event, but photometrically like SN 1991T, the classic super-luminous SN Ia (Li et al. 2003).
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
In this case, the first run of the QKD is like the one in fig. 4, whereas all the others like the one in fig. 5.
Authentication and routing in simple Quantum Key Distribution networks
R´edei, M. (1997) Why John von Neumann did not like the Hilbert space formalism of quantum mechanics (and what he liked instead).
De-linearizing Linearity: Projective Quantum Axiomatics from Strong Compact Closure
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