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Definitions for liken
ˈlaɪ kənliken

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compare, liken, equateverb

    consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous

    "We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans"; "You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed"


  1. likenverb

    To compare; to state that (something) is like (something else).

    The physics teacher likened the effect of mass on space to an indentation in a sheet of rubber.

  2. Etymology: From liken, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Likenverb

    To represent as having resemblance; to compare.

    Etymology: from like.

    The prince broke your head for likening him to a singing man of Windsor. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    For who, though with the tongue
    Of angels, can relate? or to what things
    Liken on earth conspicuous, that may lift
    Human imagination to such heighth
    Of God-like power? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.


  1. Liken

    The Liken Series is a continuing musical based on events in the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible, as well as stories from the Book of Mormon. The series is popular among many Latter-day Saint (LDS/Mormon) families.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Likenadjective

    to allege, or think, to be like; to represent as like; to compare; as, to liken life to a pilgrimage

  2. Likenadjective

    to make or cause to be like

  3. Etymology: [OE. liknen. See Like, a.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LIKEN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Liken is ranked #143149 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Liken surname appeared 116 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Liken.

    96.5% or 112 total occurrences were White.

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Anagrams for liken »

  1. k-line

  2. inkle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of liken in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of liken in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of liken in a Sentence

  1. Joe Russo:

    We like to liken it to a fight at a wedding, it's something that's been brewing in a family for some time and something happens that instigates a fall-out amongst all of the characters so relevancy and topicality are really important to us because it makes the audience feel like it's part of their world.

  2. Austin Butler:

    But I guess I must because I hear it a lot, i often liken it to when somebody lives in another country for a long time. I had three years where that was my only focus in life, so I’m sure there’s just pieces of my DNA that will always be linked to him.

  3. Amenorhu kwaku:

    Human life can be liken to that of a flower, its beautiful when it blooms, though yours may delay but when it blooms, it will be the rarest and the most beautiful of all.

  4. Jim Christiana:

    I liken it to the Philadelphia Eagles losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in week two.

  5. Kahlil Gibran:

    Cast aside those who liken godliness to whimsy and who try to combine their greed for wealth with their desire for a happy afterlife.

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