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Meaning of like by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: līk, IPA: /laɪk/, X-SAMPA: /laIk/
    • Rhymes: -aɪk

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English liken, from Old English līcian ( “to please, be sufficient” ), from Proto-Germanic *līkōnan ( “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 arc. nglâj ( “I resemble, I'm alike” ) .


    like ( third-person singular simple present likes present participle liking, simple past and past participle liked )

    1. ( transitive, archaic ) To please.
    2. 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 .
    3. ( obsolete ) To derive pleasure of, by or with someone or something.
    4. 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 .
    5. 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 .
    6. ( Internet, transitive ) 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 .
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    Derived terms


    like ( plural: likes )

    1. ( usually plural: ) Something that a person likes ( prefers ) .
      Tell me your likes and dislikes .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English, from Old English ġelīċ by shortening, influenced by Old Norse líkr. Cognate with alike; more distantly, with lich and -ly .


    like ( comparative liker, superlative likest )

    1. similar
      My partner and I have like minds .
    Related terms
    • alike
    Derived terms
    • -like


    like ( comparative more like, superlative most like )

    1. ( 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 .
    Usage notes

    In formal writing, such as is preferred over like .



    like ( plural: likes )

    1. ( sometimes as the likes of ) Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort .
      We shall never see his like again. — Winston Churchill on T.E. Lawrence
      There were bowls full of sweets, chocolates and the like .
      It was something the likes of which I had never seen before .



    1. as if; as though
      It looks like you've finished the project .
      It seemed like you didn't care .
    Derived terms



    1. Somewhat similar to, reminiscent of .
      These hamburgers taste like leather .



    1. ( colloquial, obsolete, current in Scots ) A delayed filler .
      He was so angry, like .
    2. ( colloquial ) A mild intensifier .
      She was, like, sooooo happy .
    3. ( colloquial ) indicating approximation or uncertainty
      There were, like, twenty of them .
      And then he, like, got all angry and left the room .
    4. ( colloquial, slang ) When preceded by any form of the verb to be, used to mean “to say” or “to think”; used to precede an approximate quotation or paraphrase .
      I was like, “Why did you do that?” and he's like, “I don't know.”
      • 2006, Lily Allen, Knock 'Em Out
        You're just doing your own thing and some one comes out the blue,
        They're like, "Alright"
        What ya saying, "Yeah can I take your digits?"
        And you're like, "no not in a million years, you're nasty please leave me alone."
    Usage notes

    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 .



    1. ( Liverpudlian, Geordie ) Used to place emphasis upon a statement .
      divint ye knaa, like?
    • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165




    By Wiktionary ( 2012/05/26 16:14 UTC Version )


    From preposition like; cognate to -ly ( “( adjective suffix )” ) .



    1. Having some of the characteristics of ( used to form adjectives from nouns ) .

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Explanation of like by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. feel about or towards

    2. How did you like the President's speech last night?
    3. be fond of

    4. I like my nephews
    5. find enjoyable or agreeable

    6. I like jogging
      She likes to read Russian novels
    7. prefer or wish to do something

    8. Would you like to come along to the movies?
    9. want to have

    10. I'd like a beer now!
    1. resembling or similar

    2. suits of like design
      a limited circle of like minds
      members of the cat family have like dispositions
      as like as two peas in a pod
      doglike devotion
      a dreamlike quality
    3. having the same or similar characteristics

    4. all politicians are alike
      they looked utterly alike
      friends are generally alike in background and taste
    5. equal in amount or value

    6. like amounts
      gave one six blows and the other a like number
    7. conforming in every respect

    8. the like period of the preceding year
    1. a kind of person

    2. We'll not see his like again
    3. a similar kind

    4. dogs, foxes, and the like,
      we don't want the likes of you around here