What does like mean?

Definitions for like

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. like

    Like can be used as a verb, adjective, adverb, or preposition, but in general, it is commonly used to express a positive preference, enjoyment, or similarity towards something or someone. It indicates favorable or positive feelings towards an object, action, or person.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LIKE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Like is ranked #21878 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Like surname appeared 1,187 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Like.

    81.3% or 965 total occurrences were White.
    9.5% or 113 total occurrences were Black.
    4.6% or 55 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3% or 36 total occurrences were Asian.

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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

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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. Roger Holm:

    She just always had that courage about her, she never did like seeing people mistreat anybody.

  2. Jacksonville Jaguars:

    It obviously sucks. Losing’s always hard, especially when you feel like you’re prepared and had a great week and really think we were ready. Just obviously didn’t play well. It starts with me. I played really bad tonight.

  3. Ivanka Trump:

    So I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions, and I think my father has put forth a very comprehensive and really revolutionary plan to deal with a lot of issues. So I don't know how useful it is to spend too much time with you on this if you're going to make a comment like that.

  4. Anthony Robbins:

    Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.

  5. Jonathan Thompson:

    A diet plan is only good if you can realistically adhere to it, so it’s key to structure the plan around your specific lifestyle and to build permissive indulgent moments into the plan, like a weekly programmed cheat meal on Saturday night when you know you’ll be around friends and family.

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