- adj. 很可能的；合适的；有希望的
- adv. 很可能；或许
CET4 TEM4 考 研 CET6
- likely (adj.)
- c. 1300, perhaps from Old Norse likligr "likely," from likr "like" (see like (adj.)). Old English had cognate geliclic. Meaning "having the appearance of being strong and capable" is from mid-15c., though now mostly confined to American English; according to OED this sense is perhaps influenced by like (v.). Sense of "good-looking" is from late 15c. Meaning "probably" is attested from late 14c., now principally in American English.
LIKELY. That may be liked; that may please; handsome. In the United States, as a colloquial term, respectable; worthy of esteem; sensible.--Worcester. [Bartlett]
As an adverb, late 14c., from the adjective.
- 1. Very likely he'd told them he had American business interests.
- 2. We aimed the microscope at a likely looking target.
- 3. The fires are likely to permanently deforest the land.
- 4. These feelings are likely to make people attempt to overthrow the system.
- 5. They're likely to hold big fire sales to liquidate their inventory.
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