Definition of probably in US English:



  • sentence adverb Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    ‘she would probably never see him again’
    ‘“Would you recognize them?” “Probably.”’
    • ‘There are probably four areas in these islands where rugby is the game of the people.’
    • ‘Plus the fact that I think my spoken French is probably worse now than it was a year ago.’
    • ‘The problem is that such an action would probably be in breach of their human rights.’
    • ‘They probably recognized that they were not up to the task of running a modern state.’
    • ‘It would probably be truer to say that he would be the first openly gay Prime Minister.’
    • ‘The fact that he's moving to Japan in a few months is probably at least half the draw.’
    • ‘You probably have more of these in your house than you'll be able to use in the next decade.’
    • ‘Hate to break it you, but there was probably a little more to all of this than you guys realise.’
    • ‘My legs were about to give way on me, my throat was dry and my eyes were probably the size of saucers.’
    • ‘It seems to have been done up a bit better though, so ours is probably a bit cheaper.’
    • ‘In fact, most of them probably aren't even aware that there is a field in front of them.’
    • ‘It was probably about five seconds into the journey that a grin broke across my face.’
    • ‘Which is probably why she ignored it when it hit her on the back of the head during the second half.’
    • ‘I should probably do one myself and put it in the same envelope and see how right I was.’
    • ‘They will probably consider it a holiday, but it is unlikely to feel like much of one.’
    • ‘Furthermore, as much as it sticks in my throat to say so, he has probably got it right.’
    • ‘He had loved him more, probably, than anyone else in his life, and now it was at an end.’
    • ‘I did enjoy it somewhat and will probably go back at some point to see the rest of the museum.’
    • ‘The worst is probably over so the best policy is to sit tight and wait for the market to recover.’
    • ‘This is probably the least funny of the discworld series, but it is still a good read.’
    in all likelihood, in all probability, as likely as not, very likely, most likely, likely, as like as not, ten to one, the chances are, doubtless, no doubt, all things considered, taking all things into consideration, all things being equal, possibly, perhaps, maybe, it may be, presumably, on the face of it, apparently
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