What does dislike mean?

Definitions for dislike

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disfavor, disfavour, dislike, disapprovalnoun

    an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group

  2. dislikeverb

    a feeling of aversion or antipathy

    "my dislike of him was instinctive"

  3. dislikeverb

    have or feel a dislike or distaste for

    "I really dislike this salesman"


  1. dislikenoun

    An attitude or a feeling of distaste or aversion.

  2. dislikeverb

    To displease; to offend. (In third-person only.)

  3. dislikeverb

    To have a feeling of aversion or antipathy towards; not to like.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dislikenoun

    Etymology: from the verb

    He then them took, and tempering goodly well
    Their contrary dislikes with loved means,
    Did place them all in order, and compel
    To keep themselves within their sundry reigns,
    Together link’d with adamantine chains. Edmund Spenser.

    Your dislikes to whom I would be pleasing,
    Do cloud my joys with danger and with sorrow. William Shakespeare.

    God’s grace, that principle of his new birth, gives him continual dislike to sin. Henry Hammond, Pract. Catechism.

    Sorrow would have been as silent as thoughts, as severe as philosophy. It would have rested in inward senses, tacit dislikes. Robert South, Sermons.

    Our likings or dislikes are founded rather upon humour and fancy than upon reason. Roger L'Estrange.

    The jealous man is not angry if you dislike another; but if you find those faults which are in his own character, you discover not only your dislike of another, but of himself. Addis.

    This said Aletes, and a murmur rose
    That shew’d dislike among the christian peers. Edward Fairfax.

  2. To Dislikeverb

    To disapprove; to regard without affection; to regard with ill-will or disgust.

    Etymology: dis and like.

    What most he should dislike, seems pleasant to him;
    What like, offensive. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Ye dislike, and so undo
    The players, and disgrace the poet too. John Denham, Sophy. Prol.

    Whosoever dislikes the digressions, or grows weary of them, may throw them away. William Temple.


  1. dislike

    Dislike is a feeling of distaste or hostility towards someone or something. It is the antonym of like, indicating a lack of interest or enjoyment in the subject. This sentiment can result from a combination of factors such as discomfort, harm, fear, or personal bias. Dislike can be mild, resulting in avoidance, or severe, leading to intense distrust or even hatred. It is a common human emotion experienced in both personal relationships and towards aspects of the world at large, like certain food, activities, or ideas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dislikeverb

    to regard with dislike or aversion; to disapprove; to disrelish

  2. Dislikeverb

    to awaken dislike in; to displease

  3. Dislikenoun

    a feeling of positive and usually permanent aversion to something unpleasant, uncongenial, or offensive; disapprobation; repugnance; displeasure; disfavor; -- the opposite of liking or fondness

  4. Dislikenoun

    discord; dissension

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dislike

    dis-līk′, v.t. to be displeased with: to disapprove of: to have an aversion to.—n. disinclination: aversion: distaste: disapproval.—adjs. Dislike′able, Dislik′able; Dislike′ful (Spens.)—v.t. Dislik′en (Shak.), to make unlike.—n. Dislike′ness (obs.), unlikeness. [L. dis, neg., and like; the genuine Eng. word is mislike.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dislike' in Verbs Frequency: #980

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dislike in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dislike in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dislike in a Sentence

  1. Mark Strang:

    I almost think that I would walk away from Michigan Republican Party if they did Michigan Republican Party, if we ’d wanted Paul Ryan, we would have drafted Paul Ryan. And I don’t dislike Paul Ryan, but Paul Ryan did n’t run.

  2. Kevan Yenerall:

    Most Democrats in the district may not dislike Pelosi, per se, but would like to shake up the status quo.

  3. Alfred North Whitehead:

    What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike.

  4. Scott Walker:

    To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press, the things they care about don't even remotely come close to what you're asking about.

  5. Malcolm Glazer:

    The Glazers say they want to rebuild the trust but they never had the trust of the supporters. I think (the protests are) a warning to the owners of the football club that ultimately they’re not going to accept what they’ve done in the last couple of weeks, this is a consequence of the Manchester United owners’ actions two weeks ago. There is a general distrust and dislike of the owners, but they weren’t protesting two or three weeks ago.

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  • كرهArabic
  • антипа́тия, неприя́зън, [[не]] [[харе́свам]]Bulgarian
  • nemít rádCzech
  • ablehnen, UnbehagenGerman
  • malŝatiEsperanto
  • desagradar, [[no]] [[gustar]], aversiónSpanish
  • vastenmielisyys, inhoFinnish
  • [[ne]] [[pas]] [[aimer]], antipathieFrench
  • नफ़रत, नापसंद करनाHindi
  • ellenszenv, idegenkedés, idegenkedik, nem szeretHungarian
  • avversione, antipatia, [[non]] [[piacersi]]Italian
  • 嫌悪, 否む, 嫌い, 厭悪, 嫌うJapanese
  • 싫어하다, 미워하다Korean
  • odi, odioLatin
  • het land hebben aan, een hekel hebben aanDutch
  • [[não]] [[gostar]] [[de]], [[desgostar]] [[de]], não gosta, aversão, antipatiaPortuguese
  • antipatie, [[nu]]-i [[plăcea]], displăcea, aversiuneRomanian
  • неприя́знь, нелюбо́вь, [[не]] [[люби́ть]], невзлюби́ть, антипа́тияRussian
  • ogillaSwedish
  • வெறுப்புTamil
  • అయిష్టము, అయిష్టతTelugu
  • ไม่ชอบThai
  • ناپسند کرناUrdu
  • ghét, [[không]] [[ưa]], [[không]] [[thích]]Vietnamese
  • אויבזאָהטzenYiddish

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    reading carefully with intent to remember
    A trigger
    B perusal
    C intelligence
    D slip

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