What does like mean?

Definitions for likelaɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word like.

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!"

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

  16. Origin: [OE. liken to please, AS. lcian, gelcian, fr. gelc. See 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Like

    līk, adj. equal in quantity, quality, or degree: similar: likely, probable.—n. the like thing or person: an exact resemblance: a liking.—adv. in the same manner: probably.—conj. as, as if.—v.t. (Shak.) to compare, liken.—ns. Like′liness, Like′lihood.—adj. Like′ly, like the thing required: credible: probable: having reason to expect.—adv. probably.—adj. Like′-mind′ed, having a similar disposition or purpose.—v.t. Lik′en, to represent as like or similar: to compare.—n. Like′ness, resemblance: one who resembles another: that which resembles: a portrait or picture: effigy.—adv. Like′wise, in like wise or manner: also: moreover: too.—Feel like, to be disposed to do anything; Had like, was likely, came near to do something; Look like, to show a likelihood of: to appear similar to; Such like, of that kind. [A.S. líc, seen in ge-líc; Ice. líkr, Dut. ge-lijk, Ger. gleich (=ge-leich).]

  2. Like

    līk, v.t. to be pleased with: to approve: to enjoy: (obs.) to please.—n. a liking, chiefly in phrase 'likes and dislikes.'—adjs. Like′able, lovable: amiable; Like′ly, that may be liked: pleasing.—n. Lik′ing, state of being pleased with: inclination: satisfaction in: (B.) condition, plight.—adj. (B.) as in Good′-lik′ing, Well′-lik′ing, in good condition.—On liking, on approval. [Orig. the verb meant 'to be pleasing,' and was used impersonally, as it 'likes me'—i.e. it pleases me, A.S. lícianlíc, like.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of like in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of like in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The Dhammapada:

    There is no fire like passion; there is no shark like hatred; there is no snare like folly; there is no torrent like greed.

  2. Vijay Samuel Benjamin:

    When you feel like Giving Up ... TRUST GOD - He will help you roar like a Lion... soar like an eagle... and even sting like a Bee... above all he will help you to be the best that you can BE !!!

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Hamlet Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel Polonius By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed. Hamlet Methinks it is like a weasel. Polonius It is backed like a weasel. Hamlet Or like a whale Polonius Very like a whale.

  4. Nir Barzilai:

    We’ve been successful to take models like snails, like yeast, like nematodes, like flies, like rats, like monkeys and to extend their healthy life span with either genetic manipulations or manipulations with the environment or with drugs, so we have proven the pre-concept here, again and again.

  5. Donnie Brasco:

    Donnie Brasco Forget about it is like if you agree with someone, you know, like Raquel Welsh is one great piece of ass, forget about it. But then, if you disagree, like A Lincoln is better than a Cadillac Forget about it you know But then, it's also like if something's the greatest thing in the world, like mingia peppers, forget about it. But it's also like saying Go to hell too. Like, you know, like Hey Paulie, you got a one inch pecker and Paulie says Forget about it Sometimes it just means forget about it

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