Like Definition

līk
liked, likes, liking
verb
liked, likes, liking
To please.
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To have a taste or fondness for; be pleased with; have a preference for; enjoy.
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To find pleasant or attractive; enjoy.
Do you like ice cream? I like your style.
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To want or wish.
I would like to see him.
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To be so inclined; choose.
Leave whenever you like.
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noun
likes
Preferences, tastes, or affections.
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One similar to or like another. Used with the .
Was subject to coughs, asthma, and the like.
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A person or thing regarded as the equal or counterpart of another or of the person or thing being discussed.
I've never met her like.
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(Internet) The act of showing support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
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preposition
Similar to; somewhat resembling.
She is like a bird.
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In a manner characteristic of; similarly to.
She sings like a bird.
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In accord with the nature of; characteristic of.
It's not like her to sleep late.
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In the same way as.
Lived like royalty.
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In the mood for; desirous of.
To feel like sleeping.
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adjective
Having almost or exactly the same qualities, characteristics, etc.; similar; equal.
A cup of sugar and a like amount of flour.
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Alike.
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Likely.
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My partner and I have like minds.
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Clarendon.
Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules.
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adverb
In the manner of being; as if. Used as an intensifier of action.
Worked like hell; ran like crazy.
American Heritage
Likely.
Like as not, he is already there.
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Nearly; approximately.
The price is more like 1,000 dollars.
American Heritage
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.
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(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.
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conjuntion
In the way that; as.
It was just like you said.
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As if.
It looks like we'll finish on time.
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As if.
It looks like he is late.
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As if; as though.
It looks like you've finished the project.
It seemed like you didn't care.
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suffix
Resembling or characteristic of.
Ladylike.
American Heritage
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interjection
Inserted into spoken sentences before or after a word, phrase, or clause, apparently without meaning or syntactic function, but possibly for emphasis.
It's, like, hot.
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(Liverpudlian, Geordie) Used to place emphasis upon a statement.
Divint ye knaa, like?
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affix
Like, characteristic of, suitable for.
Doglike, manlike, homelike.
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In the manner of.
Coward-like.
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idiom
like it or not
  • No matter how one might feel:

    Like it or not, we have to get up early tomorrow.

American Heritage
be like
  • To say or utter. Used chiefly in oral narration:

    And he's like, “Leave me alone!”

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like so
  • In the manner indicated:

    You apply the paint like so.

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and the like
  • and so forth; et cetera
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be like
  • to say, think, or feel

    so I'm like, “We have to be there on time,” and he's like all nervous

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Other Word Forms of Like

Noun

Singular:
like
Plural:
likes

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Like

Origin of Like

  • From Middle English liken, from Old English lÄ«cian (“to please, be sufficient"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«kōnÄ…, *lÄ«kānÄ… (“to please"), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ«g- (“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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from like similar (from Old English gelīc) (Old Norse līkr) and from like similarly (from Old English gelīce) (from gelīc similar) līk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English Ä¡elÄ«Ä‹ by shortening, influenced by Old Norse líkr. Cognate with alike; more distantly, with lich and -ly.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English liken from Old English līcian to please līk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English liken to compare from like similar like2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from like similar like2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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