[lahy-kuh n] /ˈlaɪ kən/

verb (used with object)
to represent as similar or like; compare:
to liken someone to a weasel.
(transitive) to see or represent as the same or similar; compare

late 13c., “to represent as like,” from like (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Likened; likening.


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