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Meaning of LIKE

Pronunciation:  lIk

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  1. [adj]  resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination; "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"
  2. [adj]  having the same or similar characteristics; "all politicians are alike"; "they looked utterly alike"; "friends are generaly alike in background and taste"
  3. [adj]  equal in amount or value; "like amounts"; "equivalent amounts"; "the same amount"; "gave one six blows and the other a like number"; "an equal number"; "the same number"
  4. [adj]  conforming in every respect; "boxes with corresponding dimensions"; "the like period of the preceding year"
  5. [v]  feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard; "How did you like the President's speech last night?"
  6. [v]  be fond of; "I like my nephews"
  7. [v]  find enjoyable or agreeable; "I like jogging"; "She likes to read Russian novels"
  8. [v]  prefer or wish to do something; "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"
  9. [v]  want to have; "I'd like a beer now!"

LIKE is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: alike(p), care, comparable, corresponding, equal, equivalent, like-minded, look-alike, similar, suchlike, wish
 Antonyms: different, dislike, dissimilar, unalike, unequal, unlike
 See Also: approve, care for, consider, cotton, desire, enjoy, love, please, prefer, reckon, regard, same, see, view, want



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Like\ (l[imac]k), a. [Compar. {Liker} (l[imac]k"[~e]r);
    superl. {Likest}.] [OE. lik, ilik, gelic, AS. gel[=i]c, fr.
    pref. ge- + l[=i]c body, and orig. meaning, having the same
    body, shape, or appearance, and hence, like; akin to OS.
    gil[=i]k, D. gelijk, G. gleich, OHG. gil[=i]h, Icel. l[=i]kr,
    gl[=i]kr, Dan. lig, Sw. lik, Goth. galeiks, OS. lik body, D.
    lijk, G. leiche, Icel. l[=i]k, Sw. lik, Goth. leik. The
    English adverbial ending-ly is from the same adjective. Cf.
    {Each}, {Such}, {Which}.]
    1. Having the same, or nearly the same, appearance,
       qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar to;
       similar; alike; -- often with in and the particulars of
       the resemblance; as, they are like each other in features,
       complexion, and many traits of character.
             'T is as like you As cherry is to cherry. --Shak.
             Like master, like man.                --Old Prov.
             He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the
             hoar-frost like ashes.                --Ps. cxlvii.
    Note: To, which formerly often followed like, is now usually
    2. Equal, or nearly equal; as, fields of like extent.
             More clergymen were impoverished by the late war
             than ever in the like space before.   --Sprat.
    3. Having probability; affording probability; probable;
    Usage: [Likely is more used now.] --Shak.
                 But it is like the jolly world about us will
                 scoff at the paradox of these practices.
                 Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to
                 conform themselves to strict rules. --Clarendon.
    4. Inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like taking a
    {Had like} (followed by the infinitive), had nearly; came
       little short of.
             Had like to have been my utter overthrow. --Sir W.
             Ramona had like to have said the literal truth, . .
             . but recollected herself in time.    --Mrs. H. H.
    {Like figures} (Geom.), similar figures.
    Note: Like is used as a suffix, converting nouns into
          adjectives expressing resemblance to the noun; as,
          manlike, like a man; childlike, like a child; godlike,
          like a god, etc. Such compounds are readily formed
          whenever convenient, and several, as crescentlike,
          serpentlike, hairlike, etc., are used in this book,
          although, in some cases, not entered in the vocabulary.
          Such combinations as bell-like, ball-like, etc., are
  2. \Like\, n.
    1. That which is equal or similar to another; the
       counterpart; an exact resemblance; a copy.
             He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not
             look upon his like again.             --Shak.
    2. A liking; a preference; inclination; -- usually in pl.;
       as, we all have likes and dislikes.
  3. \Like\, adv. [AS. gel[=i]ce. See {Like}, a.]
    1. In a manner like that of; in a manner similar to; as, do
       not act like him.
             He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man. --Job
                                                   xii. 25.
    Note: Like, as here used, is regarded by some grammarians as
          a preposition.
    2. In a like or similar manner. --Shak.
             Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord
             pitieth them that fear him.           --Ps. ciii.
    3. Likely; probably. ``Like enough it will.'' --Shak.
  4. \Like\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Liked} (l[imac]kt); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Liking}.] [OE. liken to please, AS. l[=i]cian,
    gel[=i]cian, fr. gel[=i]c. See {Like}, a.]
    1. To suit; to please; to be agreeable to. [Obs.]
             Cornwall him liked best, therefore he chose there.
                                                   --R. of
             I willingly confess that it likes me much better
             when I find virtue in a fair lodging than when I am
             bound to seek it in an ill-favored creature. --Sir
                                                   P. Sidney.
    2. To be pleased with in a moderate degree; to approve; to
       take satisfaction in; to enjoy.
             He proceeded from looking to liking, and from liking
             to loving.                            --Sir P.
    3. To liken; to compare.[Obs.]
             Like me to the peasant boys of France. --Shak.
  5. \Like\ (l[imac]k), v. i.
    1. To be pleased; to choose.
             He may either go or stay, as he best likes. --Locke.
    2. To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to
       be (in a specified condition). [Obs.]
             You like well, and bear your years very well.
    3. To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape
       narrowly; as, he liked to have been too late. Cf. Had
       like, under {Like}, a. [Colloq.]
             He probably got his death, as he liked to have done
             two years ago, by viewing the troops for the
             expedition from the wall of Kensington Garden.
    {To like of}, to be pleased with. [Obs.] --Massinger.
  6. \Like\, n. (Golf)
    The stroke which equalizes the number of strokes played by
    the opposing player or side; as, to play the like.
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