What does like mean?

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. like, the like, the likes ofnoun

    a similar kind

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

  2. like, ilkadjective

    a kind of person

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

  3. like, similaradjective

    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, sameadjective

    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, likeadjective

    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, likeverb

    conforming in every respect

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

  7. wish, care, likeverb

    prefer or wish to do something

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

  8. likeverb

    find enjoyable or agreeable

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

  9. likeverb

    be fond of

    "I like my nephews"

  10. likeverb

    feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard

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

  11. likeverb

    want to have

    "I'd like a beer now!"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LIKEadjective

    Etymology: lic , Saxon; liik, Dutch.

    Whom art thou like in thy greatness. Ezek. xxxi. 2.

    His son, or one of his illustrious name,
    How like the former, and almost the same. John Dryden, Æn.

    As the earth was designed for the being of men, why might not all other planets be created for the like uses, each for their own inhabitants. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    This plan, as laid down by him, looks liker an universal art than a distinct logick. Thomas Baker, Reflect. on Learning.

    More clergymen were impoverished by the late war, than ever in the like space before. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    The trials were made, and it is like that the experiment would have been effectual. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    If the duke continues these favours towards you, you are like to be much advanced. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    He is like to die for hunger, for there is no more bread. Jer. xxxviii. 9.

    The yearly value thereof is already increased double of that it was within these few years, and is like daily to rise higher, till it amount to the price of our land in England. Davies.

    Hopton resolved to visit Waller’s quarters, that he might judge whether he were like to pursue his purpose. Edward Hyde.

    Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    If his rules of reason be not better suited to the Mind than his rules for health are fitted to our bodies, he is not like to be much followed. Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning.

  2. Likeadverb

    The joyous nymphs, and lightfoot fairies,
    Which thither came to hear their musick sweet;
    Now hearing them so heavily lament,
    Like heavily lamenting from them went. Edmund Spenser.

    Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Psal. ciii. 13.

    Are we proud and passionate, malicious and revengeful? Is this to be like-minded with Christ, who was meek and lowly? John Tillotson, Sermons.

    What will be my confusion, when he sees me
    Neglected, and forsaken like himself. Ambrose Philips, Dist. Mother.

    They roar’d like lions caught in toils, and rag’d:
    The man knew what they were, who heretofore
    Had seen the like lie murther’d on the shore. Edmund Waller.

    Be strong, and quit yourselves like men. 1 Sam. iv. 9.

    I like the work well, ere it be demanded,
    As like enough it will, I’d have it copied. William Shakespeare.

  3. Likenoun

    This substantive is seldom more than the adjective used elliptically; the like for the like thing, or like person.

    He was a man, take him for all in all,
    I shall not look upon his like again. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Every like is not the same, O Cæsar. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    Though there have been greater fleets for number, yet for the bulk of the ships never the like. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    Albeit an eagle did bear away a lamb in her talons, yet a raven endeavouring to do the like was held entangled. John Hayward.

    One offers, and in offering makes a stay;
    Another forward sets, and doth no more;
    A third the like. Samuel Daniel, Civil War.

    His desire
    By conversation with his like to help,
    Or solace his defects. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    Two likes may be mistaken. Roger L'Estrange, Fab.

    She’d study to reform the men,
    Or add some grains of folly more,
    To women than they had before;
    This might their mutual fancy strike,
    Since ev’ry being loves its like. Jonathan Swift.

    Report being carried secretly from one to another in my ship, had like to have been my utter overthrow. Walter Raleigh.

  4. To Likeverb

    Etymology: lican , Saxon; liiken, Dutch.

    As nothing can be so reasonably spoken as to content all men, so this speech was not of them all liked. Richard Knolles.

    He gave such an account as made it appear that he liked the design. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    We like our present circumstances well, and dream of no change. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    He stayed behind to bring the shepherds with whom he meant to confer to breed the better Zelmane’s liking, which he only regarded. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Though they did not like the evil he did, yet they liked him that did the evil. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    He grew content to mark their speeches, then to marvel at such wit in shepherds, after to like their company. Philip Sidney.

    He proceeded from looking to liking, and from liking to loving. Philip Sidney.

    For several virtues
    I have lik’d several women; never any
    With so full soul. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    I look’d upon her with a soldier’s eye;
    That liked, but had a rougher task in hand
    Than to drive liking to the name of love. William Shakespeare.

    Scarce any man passes to a liking of sin in others, but by first practising it himself. Robert South, Sermons.

    Beasts can like, but not distinguish too,
    Nor their own liking by reflection know. Dryden.

    Well hoped he, ere long that hardy guest,
    If ever covetous hand, or lustful eye,
    Or lips he laid on thing that lik’d him best,
    Should be his prey. Edmund Spenser, Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    Say, my fair brother now, if this device
    Do like you, or may you to like entice. Hubberd’s Tale.

    This desire being recommended to her majesty, it liked her to include the same within one entire lease. Francis Bacon.

    He shall dwell where it liketh him best. Deut. xxiii. 16.

    There let them learn, as likes them, to despise
    God and Messiah. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

  5. To Likeverb

    Of any thing more than of God they could not by any means like, as long as whatsoever they knew besides God, they apprehended it not in itself without dependancy upon God. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    The young soldiers did with such cheerfulness like of this resolution, that they thought two days a long delay. Richard Knolles.

    It is true, there are limits to be set betwixt the boldness and rashness of a poet; but he must understand those limits who pretends to judge, as well as he who undertakes to write: and he who has no liking to the whole, ought in reason to be excluded from censuring of the parts. Dryden.

    The man likes not to take his brother’s wife. Deut. xxv. 7.

    He that has the prison doors set open is perfectly at liberty, because he may either go or stay, as he best likes. John Locke.


  1. Like

    In English, 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,(linguistics)|filler]], and quotative.

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. Likenoun

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

  6. Likenoun

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

  7. Likeadjective

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

  8. Likeadjective

    in a like or similar manner

  9. Likeadjective

    likely; probably

  10. Likeadjective

    to suit; to please; to be agreeable to

  11. Likeadjective

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

  12. Likeadjective

    to liken; to compare

  13. Likeverb

    to be pleased; to choose

  14. Likeverb

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

  15. Likeverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. like

    Equal in the shape, form, amount or value.

    The two cars are like each other just specific colors.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

  2. like

    To respect and value.

    They did like each other at work, very much in fact so they all worked together for the benefit of everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

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  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

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  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

Examples of like in a Sentence

  1. Tiffany Myrick:

    I knew it just by their performance during the smoke sessions how they stood out, a lot of people were kind of hurting and they still looked strong -- smoke session is like exercises and corrective training. That is what made them stand out was their performance during all the physical events.

  2. Kareem Abdul-Jabar:

    Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.

  3. Tom Perez:

    Sekulow added. During a lengthy presentation before the Senate on Thursday, Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, rehashed corruption allegations Trump has floated against Hunter Bidens and sought to debunk them. The point was to show that there was no legitimate basis for Trump to be seeking an investigation into Hunter Bidens, and the request to Ukraines presidentwas made purely to dirty up a Democratic rival who was polling better than him. WHO ARE THE TRUMP IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS ? MEET PELOSIS HAND-PICKED PROSECUTORS There was no basis for the investigation that the president was pursuing and pushing. None. He was doing it only for his political benefit, Sylvia Garcia said. But the presentation took some Republicans by surprise, and some suggested The House Democrats may have handed them a perfect opportunity to scrutinize how Huner Biden joined the board of a Ukraine energy company, Burisma, in 2014, while Huner Biden father was playing a key role in handling then-President Obamas Ukraine policy. The House Democrats perhaps unintentionally threw Huner Biden under the bus, said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said Josh Hawley was surprised by how much time Democrats devoted to trying to debunk any legitimate reason why Trump would want to investigate Huner Biden and Huner Biden and said the House impeachment managers really opened the door for Hunter Bidens to play a central role in the trial and become material witnesses. If were going to call witnesses, [ Democrats ] have made the case very successfully that we need to call Huner Biden and probably Huner Biden, Josh Hawley said Friday. Trump has peddled the highly-contested accusation that the elder Huner Biden pressed for the firing of top Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin to spareBurisma from scrutiny. Ousting Shokin was, in fact, the official position of the U.S. government and its Western allies, including European Union nations and the International Monetary Fund leadership, because Shokin was believed to be incompetent or corrupt himself. Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, blasted Republicans on Friday following opening arguments by House managers. The presidents guilt is indisputable and Tom Perez actions are indefensible, the evidence against Trump is overwhelming. And his abuse of power is a clear and present danger to the future of our democracy. For those reasons, it is unconscionable for Senate Republicans to let Trump off the hook with a sham trial. Make no mistake : A trial without documents or witnesses is a cover-up. If Trump is acquitted after he has confessed and suggested hed do it again the Senate will have legitimized foreign interference in our elections and ruled it acceptable for our leaders to extort other countries for personal gain. The former vice president said in December he sees no legal basis to be called because the impeachment case against Trump is about the presidents actions, not Huner Biden or his sons. Huner Biden told reporters that Huner Biden joined the Burisma board without notifying Huner Biden father ; theres no law preventing a vice presidents son from taking international posts, just as Trumps children still advance Huner Biden real estate interests abroad. Ukrainian officials have said they found no wrongdoing in Hunter Bidens service on the board. SENATORS PLAY WITH FIDGET SPINNERS, STRESS BALLS TO PASS TIME DURING IMPEACHMENT Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said hes seen no evidence against Hunter Bidens and Mark Warner wont second guess the strategy of the House impeachment managers to spend so much time on them in their presentation. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Mark Warner viewed The House Democrats move as a chance to counter what they believe the presidents lawyers would put forward. Im anxious to hear any kind of evidentiary facts, other than simply innuendo, Mark Warner said Friday of Trumps defense team. I know weve heard a lot of innuendoes so far. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has rejected moves to call witnesses, saying it could turn the trial into a circus, and Lindsey Graham has advocated for a speedy trial and Trump acquittal. Still, Lindsey Graham said hes convinced Huner Biden and Hunter Bidens conduct in Ukraine needs to be investigated -- but after the impeachment trial is over. Im going to look at them, Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday.Are you going to impeach me ? Because somebody should [ investigate ]. Id prefer Senate Judiciary Committee not to be me, Id prefer Senate Judiciary Committee to be somebody like [ Special Counsel Robert ] Mueller [ because ] this is not good foreign policy. This is not good government. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS The House Democrats impeached Trump on two articles : abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. They had three days to present their case to senators. Trumps legal team will get their shot starting Saturday.Sekulow billed their weekend presentation as a.

  4. Greg Falgiano:

    All of this is tracked in the app, too, so you can go back and see … How was the temperature over the last week ? Or, was it really humid, and that's maybe why the baby wasn't sleeping well ? SMART SAFE TECH : BLAZE LASERLIGHT MAKES CYCLISTS SAFER ON THE ROAD Even the look of the device can be adjusted. Parents can dress up The Arlo Baby to look like a rabbit( with snap-on ears and feet), a Dalmatian, or a cat. It also records video, so busy parents don't have to miss milestones like their baby’s first words or first steps. If one parent is on the road, you can use your smartphone and get access to a live feed from the camera, and type in your password to get into the app and see what baby's doing at any time of the day, Falgiano said. MIT RESEARCHERS GIVE THE WHITE CANE USED BY THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED A HIGH-TECH UPDATE Users can talk to their babies when they’re away, thanks to the monitor’s two-way audio. Speak into your smartphone, and The Arlo Baby will hear your voice on the monitor’s speaker. The camera can also be used to record or live-stream nannies and babysitters. The most important thing you can protect is your family.

  5. Jeon Seo-jin:

    Company drinking culture has changed. It's not like what we see on TV dramas anymore. Nobody forces anybody to drink. People make their own decisions on whether to drink more.

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