- Like means similar or nearly the same.
An example of like is white as compared to off-white.
- The definition of a like is a preference or something that one enjoys.
An example of like is Merlot to a wine lover.
- Like is defined as to enjoy or agree with something.
An example of like is to favor chocolate ice cream.
This boy likes his ice cream.
- having almost or exactly the same qualities, characteristics, etc.; similar; equal: a cup of sugar and a like amount of flour
- Rare alike
- Dialectal likely
Origin of likeMiddle English lik, aphetic for ilik ; from Old English gelic, similar, equal, literally , of the same form or shape, akin to German gleich ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form galīka- ; from an unverified form ga-, prefix of uncertain meaning + an unverified form līka, body, (ON līk, Gothic leik, Old English lic): for Indo-European base see lich
- similar to; somewhat resembling: she is like a bird
- in a manner characteristic of; similarly to: she sings like a bird
- in accord with the nature of; characteristic of: it's not like her to sleep late
- in the mood for; desirous of: to feel like sleeping
- indicative or prophetic of: that sounds like fun; it looks like a clear day tomorrow
- as for example: great dramatists like Sophocles and Shakespeare
- in the way that; as: it was just like you said
- as if: it looks like he is late
the like of
intransitive verbliked, liking
- Obsolete to please
- to be so inclined; choose: leave whenever you like
Origin of likeMiddle English liken ; from Old English lician (akin to Gothic leikan) ; from base of lic, body, form (see like): sense development: to be of like form—be like—be suited to—be pleasing to
- to have a taste or fondness for; be pleased with; have a preference for; enjoy
- to want or wish: I would like to see him
- Informal to favor and support as the probable winner: I like Cleveland in the Series
more like it
- like, characteristic of, suitable for: doglike, manlike, homelike
- in the manner of: coward-like
Origin of -like; from like
verbliked liked, lik·ing, likes
- To find pleasant or attractive; enjoy: Do you like ice cream? I like your style.
- a. To want to have: I would like some coffee.b. To prefer: How would you like your coffee—with sugar or without?
- To feel about; regard: How do you like these new theater seats?
- To believe or predict that (a certain competitor) will win a contest: Which team do you like in tonight's game?
- To perform well under (a given condition) or using (a given feature): This car does not like cold weather. The engine does not like enriched fuel.
- Archaic To be pleasing to.
- To have an inclination or a preference: If you like, we can meet you there.
- Scots To be pleased.
Origin of likeMiddle English liken, from Old English līcian, to please; see līk- in Indo-European roots.
- Possessing the characteristics of; resembling closely; similar to: Your house is like mine.
- a. In the typical manner of: It's not like you to take offense.b. In the same way as: lived like royalty.
- Inclined or disposed to: felt like running away.
- As if the probability exists for: looks like a bad year for farmers.
- Such as; for example: saved things like old newspapers and pieces of string.
- In the manner of being; as if. Used as an intensifier of action: worked like hell; ran like crazy.
- Informal Probably; likely: Like as not she'll change her mind.
- Nearly; approximately: The price is more like 1,000 dollars.
- Nonstandard Used to provide emphasis or to focus attention on something: Let's like talk about this for a minute. It's like so crowded you can't move.
- One similar to or like another. Used with the: was subject to coughs, asthma, and the like.
- often likes Informal An equivalent or similar person or thing; an equal or match: I've never seen the likes of this before. We'll never see his like again.
- In the same way that; as: To dance like she does requires great discipline.
- As if: It looks like we'll finish on time.
Origin of likeMiddle English, from like, similar (from Old English gelīc and Old Norse līkr) and from like, similarly (from Old English gelīce, from gelīc, similar); see līk- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: They don't make them like they used to. I remember it like it was yesterday. As these familiar examples show, like is often used as a conjunction meaning “as” or “as if,” particularly in speech. While writers since Chaucer's time have used like as a conjunction, the usage today has a somewhat informal or conversational flavor. Language critics and writing handbooks have condemned the conjunctive use of like for more than a century, and in accordance with this tradition, like is usually edited out of more formal prose. This is easy enough to do, since as and as if stand as synonyms: Sales of new models rose as (not like) we expected them to. He ran as if (not like) his life depended on it. • Like is acceptable at all levels as a conjunction when used with verbs such as feel, look, seem, sound, and taste: It looks like we are in for a rough winter. Constructions in which the verb is not expressed, such as He took to politics like a duck to water, are also acceptable, especially since in these cases like can be viewed as a preposition. See Usage Notes at as1, together.Our Living Language Along with be all and go, the construction combining be and like has become a common way of introducing quotations in informal conversation, especially among younger people: “So I'm like, ‘Let's get out of here!’” As with go, this use of like can also announce a brief imitation of another person's behavior, often elaborated with facial expressions and gestures. It can also summarize a past attitude or reaction (instead of presenting direct speech). If a woman says “I'm like, ‘Get lost buddy!’” she may or may not have used those actual words to tell the offending man off. In fact, she may not have said anything to him but instead may be summarizing her attitude at the time by stating what she might have said, had she chosen to speak. See Note at Go 1.
aux.v.Chiefly Southern US
Origin of likeMiddle English liken, to compare, from like, similar; see like2. Our Living Language In certain Southern varieties of American English there are two grammatically distinct usages of the word like to mean “was on the verge of.” In both, either like or liked is possible. In the first, the word is followed by a past infinitive: We like (or liked) to have drowned. The ancestor of this construction was probably the adjective like in the sense “likely, on the verge of,” as in She's like to get married again. The adjective was reinterpreted by some speakers as a verb, and since like to and liked to are indistinguishable in normal speech, the past tense came to be marked on the following infinitive for clarity. From this developed a second way of expressing the same concept: the use of like to with a following finite past tense verb form, as in I like to died when I saw that. This construction appears odd at first because it ostensibly contains an ungrammatical infinitive, to died, but that is not the case at all. What has happened is that like to here has been reinterpreted as an adverb meaning almost. In fact, it is quite common to see the phrase spelled as a single word, in the pronunciation spelling liketa.
Origin of -likeMiddle English, from like, similar; see like2.
(third-person singular simple present likes, present participle liking, simple past and past participle liked)
- (archaic) To please.
- To enjoy, be pleased by; favor; be in favor of.
- I like hamburgers; I like skiing in winter; I like the Seattle Mariners this season
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity:
- He used to drop into my chambers once in a while to smoke, and was first-rate company. When I gave a dinner there was generally a cover laid for him. I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me.
- To prefer and maintain (an action) as a regular habit or activity.
- I like to go to the dentist every six months; She likes to keep herself physically fit; we like to keep one around the office just in case
- (archaic) To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly.
- He liked to have been too late.
- To find attractive; to prefer the company of; to have mild romantic feelings for.
- I really like Sandra but don't know how to tell her.
- (Internet) To show support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
- I liked my friend's last status on Facebook.
- I can't stand Bloggs' tomato ketchup, but I liked it on Facebook so I could enter a competition.
- In its senses of “enjoy” and “maintain as a regular habit”, like is a catenative verb; in the former, it usually takes a gerund (-ing form), while in the latter, it takes a to-infinitive. See also .
- Like is only used to mean “want” in certain expressions, such as “if you like” and “I would like”. The conditional form, would like, is used quite freely as a polite synonym for want.
- (usually plural) Something that a person likes (prefers).
- Tell me your likes and dislikes.
- (Internet) The act of showing support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
From Middle English liken, from Old English līcian (“to please, be sufficient”), from Proto-Germanic *līkōną, *līkāną (“to please”), from Proto-Indo-European *līg- (“image, likeness, similarity”). Cognate with Dutch lijken (“to seem”), German gleichen (“to resemble”), Icelandic líka (“to like”), Norwegian like (“to like”), Albanian ngjaj (“I resemble, I'm alike”) from archaic nglâj.
(comparative more like or liker, superlative most like or likest)
- My partner and I have like minds.
- Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules.
(comparative more like, superlative most like)
- (informal) For example, such as: to introduce an example or list of examples.
- There are lots of birds, like ducks and gulls, in this park.
- (archaic, colloquial) Likely.
In formal writing, such as is preferred over like.
- Somewhat similar to, reminiscent of.
- These hamburgers taste like leather.
The use as a quotative is deliberately informal and commonly used by young people, and often combined with the use of the present tense as a narrative. Similar terms are to go and all, as in I go, “Why did you do that?” and he goes, “I don't know” and I was all, “Why did you do that?” and he was all, “I don't know.” These expressions can imply that the attributed remark which follows is representative rather than necessarily an exact quotation; however, in speech these structures do tend to require mimicking the original speakers inflection in a way said would not.
- (Liverpudlian, Geordie) Used to place emphasis upon a statement.
- divint ye knaa, like?