Liken Definition

likened, likening, likens
likened, likening, likens
To represent or describe as being like, or similar (to); compare.
Webster's New World

(followed by to or unto) To compare; to state that (something) is like (something else).

The physics teacher likened the effect of mass on space to an indentation in a sheet of rubber.

Origin of Liken

  • From Middle English liken (“to compare; to be comparable, be equal; to form; to be appropriate"), equivalent to like +"Ž -en.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English liknen from like similar like2

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

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