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preference, inclination, or favor:
to show a liking for privacy.
pleasure or taste:
much to his liking.
the state or feeling of a person who likes.
verb (used with object), liked, liking.
to take pleasure in; find agreeable or congenial:
We all liked the concert.
to regard with favor; have a kindly or friendly feeling for (a person, group, etc.); find attractive:
His parents like me and I like them.
to wish or prefer:
You can do exactly as you like while you are a guest here.
Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter) to indicate one’s enjoyment of, agreement with, or interest in (website content, especially in social media): Share your posts so your friends can like them or leave a comment.
Like us on Facebook to get a free sample.
verb (used without object), liked, liking.
to feel inclined; wish:
We’ll have lunch whenever you like.
Archaic. to suit the tastes or wishes; please.
Usually, likes. the things a person likes:
a long list of likes and dislikes.
Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter)

an instance of indicating one’s liking of specific website content:
I see my comment got lots of likes.
a feature or option, usually a button, that enables this:
I installed a Like on my blog so you can subscribe to updates.

Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a feature used to like specific website content: a Like button;
like boxes.
would like. would1 (def 10).
the feeling of a person who likes; fondness
a preference, inclination, or pleasure
(prenominal) similar; resembling
similar to; similarly to; in the manner of: acting like a maniac, he’s so like his father
used correlatively to express similarity in certain proverbs: like mother, like daughter
such as: there are lots of ways you might amuse yourself — like taking a long walk, for instance
a dialect word for likely
(not standard) as it were: often used as a parenthetic filler: there was this policeman just staring at us, like
(informal) be like …, used to introduce direct speech or nonverbal communication: I was like, ‘You’re kidding!’
(not standard) as though; as if: you look like you’ve just seen a ghost
in the same way as; in the same way that: she doesn’t dance like you do
the equal or counterpart of a person or thing, esp one respected or prized: compare like with like, her like will never be seen again
the like, similar things: dogs, foxes, and the like
the likes of, the like of, people or things similar to (someone or something specified): we don’t want the likes of you around here
(transitive) to find (something) enjoyable or agreeable or find it enjoyable or agreeable (to do something): he likes boxing, he likes to hear music
(transitive) to be fond of
(transitive) to prefer or wish (to do something): we would like you to go
(transitive) to feel towards; consider; regard: how did she like it?
(intransitive) to feel disposed or inclined; choose; wish
(transitive) (archaic) to please; agree with: it likes me not to go
(usually pl) a favourable feeling, desire, preference, etc (esp in the phrase likes and dislikes)


As if; really; you know; sort of •A generalized


used to lend a somewhat tentative and detached tone to the speaker, to give the speaker time to rally words and ideas: Like I was like groovin’ like, you know what I mean? (1950s+ Counterculture & bop talk)


To pick; bet on: I liked Felton. I took his folder and read it again (1950s+)

Related Terms

make like

like a bat out of hell
like a bump on a log
like a cat on hot bricks
like a champ
like a chicken with its head cut off
like a drowned rat
like a fish out of water
like a house afire
like a lamb to the slaughter
like a shot
like a ton of bricks
like anything
like as not
like as two peas in a pod
like clockwork
like crazy
like death warmed over
like father, like son
like fun
like gangbusters
like greased lightning
like hell
like hot cakes, go
like it or lump it
like mad
like nobody’s business
like nothing on earth
like pigs in clover
like pulling teeth
like rolling off a log
like shooting fish in a barrel
like something the cat dragged in
like that
like to
like water off a duck’s back


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