Definitions for likelaɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

like*laɪk(adj.; prep.; adv.; conj.; n.; interj.)lik•er, lik•est

  1. (adj.)of the same form, appearance, kind, character, amount, etc.:

    I cannot remember a like instance.

  2. corresponding or agreeing in general or in some noticeable respect; similar; analogous:

    drawing, painting, and like arts.

  3. bearing resemblance.

  4. Dial. likely.

    Category: Dialect

  5. (prep.)similarly to; in the manner characteristic of:

    She works like a beaver.

  6. resembling; similar to:

    Your necklace is like mine.

  7. characteristic of:

    It would be like him to forget our appointment.

  8. as if there is promise of; indicative of:

    It looks like rain.

  9. disposed or inclined to (usu. prec. by feel):

    to feel like going to bed.

  10. (used correlatively to indicate similarity through relationship):

    like father, like son.

  11. (used to establish an intensifying, often facetious, comparison):

    ran like hell; sleeps like a log.

  12. (adv.)nearly; approximately:

    The house is more like 40 years old.

  13. likely or probably:

    Like enough he'll come with us.

    Category: Informal

  14. (conj.)in the same way as; just as; as:

    It happened like you said it would.

    Category: Function Word

  15. as if:

    He acted like he was afraid.

    Category: Function Word

  16. Informal.(used esp. after forms ofbeto introduce reported speech or thought):

    She's like, "I don't believe it," and I'm like, "No, it's true!"

    Category: Informal

  17. (n.)a similar or comparable person or thing, or persons or things; counterpart, match, or equal (usu. prec. by a possessive adjective or the):

    No one has seen her like in a long time.

  18. kind; sort (usu. prec. by a possessive adjective):

    I despise toadies and their like.

  19. the like, something of a similar nature:

    They grow oranges, lemons, and the like.

  20. (interj.)Informal. (used preceding a WH-word, an answer to a question, or other information in a sentence on which the speaker wishes to focus attention):

    Like, why didn't you write to me? The music was, like, really great.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Idioms for like:

  1. like to or liked to,Nonstandard.was on the verge of or came close to (doing something):

    The poor kid like to froze.

    Category: Dialect, Idiom

  2. the like or likes of,the equal of.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: like1 as a conjunction meaning “as, in the same way as” (Many shoppers study the food ads like brokers study market reports) or “as if” (It looks like it will rain) has been used for nearly 500 years and by many distinguished literary and intellectual figures. Since the mid-19th century there have been objections to these uses. Nevertheless, such uses are almost universal today in all but the most formal speech and writing, in which as, as if, and as though are more commonly used than like : The general accepted full responsibility for the incident, as any professional soldier would. Many of the bohemians lived as if (or as though) there were no tomorrow. The strong strictures against the use of like as a conjunction have resulted in the occasional hypercorrect use of as as a preposition where like is idiomatic: She looks as a sympathetic person. See also as.

Origin of like:

1150–1200; ME lic, lik < ON līkr, reduced form of glīkr; see alike


likelaɪk(v.; n.)liked, lik•ing

  1. (v.t.)to take pleasure in; find agreeable or congenial to one's taste:

    to like opera.

  2. to regard with favor; have a kindly or friendly feeling for (a person, group, etc.).

  3. to wish or want:

    I'd like a piece of cake.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. (v.i.)to feel inclined; wish:

    Stay if you like.

  5. Archaic. to suit the tastes or wishes; please.

  6. (n.)Usu., likes. the things a person likes.

Origin of like:

bef. 900; ME; OE līcian, c. OS līkōn, OHG līhhēn, ON līka, Go leikan to please; akin to alike , like1


  1. a suffixal use of


    Category: Affix

    Ref: like1 1 1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. like, the like, the likes of(noun)

    a similar kind

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

  2. like, ilk(adj)

    a kind of person

    "We'll not see his like again"; "I can't tolerate people of his ilk"

  3. like, similar(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"

  4. like, same(adj)

    equal in amount or value

    "like amounts"; "equivalent amounts"; "the same amount"; "gave one six blows and the other a like number"; "the same number"

  5. alike(p), similar, like(adj)

    having the same or similar characteristics

    "all politicians are alike"; "they looked utterly alike"; "friends are generally alike in background and taste"

  6. comparable, corresponding, like(verb)

    conforming in every respect

    "boxes with corresponding dimensions"; "the like period of the preceding year"

  7. wish, care, like(verb)

    prefer or wish to do something

    "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"

  8. like(verb)

    find enjoyable or agreeable

    "I like jogging"; "She likes to read Russian novels"

  9. like(verb)

    be fond of

    "I like my nephews"

  10. like(verb)

    feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard

    "How did you like the President's speech last night?"

  11. like(verb)

    want to have

    "I'd like a beer now!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. like(preposition)ɪk

    similar to

    Don't you think she looks like Marylin Monroe?; It smells a little like honey.

  2. likeɪk

    typical of

    It's not like Marina to be mean.; It's exactly like them to cancel at the last minute.

  3. likeɪk

    indicates an example of something; = such as

    northern industrial towns like Manchester; childhood diseases like chickenpox

  4. like(verb)ɪk

    to enjoy doing sth

    I like playing tennis.; Does he like to swim?; Do you like green beans?; I'm not sure I like Kenny anymore.; How did you like the boat trip?; I like jazz best.

  5. likeɪk

    to usually do in a particular way

    I don't like to fry my food.; I like getting to work early.

  6. likeɪk

    to want, often used to be polite

    I'd like coffee please.; He would like to move out of the city one day.

  7. likeɪk

    used to offer sth

    Would you like more ice cream?; Would you like to come over for dinner?; Would you like me to help you with that?

  8. likeɪk

    indicates agreement when the offer is not exactly what you want

    "Should we book a table at Luigi's again?" "If you like."

  9. likeɪk

    used to offer or suggest sth

    We can invite Danny to come along if you like.

  10. like(conjunction)ɪk

    in a way that seems to suggest sth; = as if

    He talked about it like he just didn't care.

  11. like(adverb)ɪk

    used to pause briefly

    It would be good if you could, like, actually do something to help.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Like

    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

  2. Like

    equal, or nearly equal; as, fields of like extent

  3. Like

    having probability; affording probability; probable; likely

  4. Like

    inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like taking a walk

  5. Like(noun)

    that which is equal or similar to another; the counterpart; an exact resemblance; a copy

  6. Like(noun)

    a liking; a preference; inclination; -- usually in pl.; as, we all have likes and dislikes

  7. Like(adj)

    in a manner like that of; in a manner similar to; as, do not act like him

  8. Like(adj)

    in a like or similar manner

  9. Like(adj)

    likely; probably

  10. Like(adj)

    to suit; to please; to be agreeable to

  11. Like(adj)

    to be pleased with in a moderate degree; to approve; to take satisfaction in; to enjoy

  12. Like(adj)

    to liken; to compare

  13. Like(verb)

    to be pleased; to choose

  14. Like(verb)

    to have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition)

  15. Like(verb)

    to come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly; as, he liked to have been too late. Cf. Had like, under Like, a


  1. Like

    In the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard. It can be used as a noun, verb, adverb, adjective, preposition, particle, conjunction, hedge, filler, and quotative.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'like' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #93

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'like' in Written Corpus Frequency: #96

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'like' in Verbs Frequency: #46

  4. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'like' in Adverbs Frequency: #117

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'like' in Adjectives Frequency: #730

Anagrams of like

  1. Ilke

Translations for like

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to be pleased with; to find pleasant or agreeable

I like him very much; I like the way you've decorated this room.

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