Definition of dislike in English:

dislike

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Feel distaste for or hostility towards.

    ‘she disliked any kind of unnecessary rudeness’
    • ‘Now, I understand that some of Clark's enemies have their reasons for disliking him.’
    • ‘People have weird reasons for liking and disliking anything.’
    • ‘It was easier to get through the week disliking him, so that's exactly how I handled it.’
    • ‘They are having a good time disliking the guy, they want to keep on disliking the guy.’
    • ‘‘Henry had a way of trying to leave a room without anybody disliking him,’ he said.’
    • ‘I have very mixed feelings about Americans disliking the French.’
    • ‘Try to have actual reasons for disliking Theory, and an actual definition of what Theory means to you.’
    • ‘Why this was I never knew because she disliked him intensely and was always threatening to change him.’
    • ‘Neither liking nor disliking him, she tried very hard to live her life as if he didn't exist.’
    • ‘But I can't help disliking our modern obsession with buying things.’
    • ‘One can disapprove of the religious or ethnic group into which one was born without disliking oneself.’
    • ‘We are so caught up in disliking the American culture generated by the media, yet at the same time we are allowing their culture to become ours.’
    • ‘I had spent so many years disliking him and now I have been wrestling the concept that the dislike was based more on style than reality.’
    • ‘Football is personal; rivalries upset relationships and grown men end up disliking each other.’
    • ‘There may sometimes be good reasons for disliking some politicians.’
    • ‘The only legitimate response to disliking pop culture as a whole is to go out and make something better.’
    • ‘We need a critical body that is unafraid of disliking something.’
    • ‘Brown is understandably defensive, disliking the brutal suggestion that the life and pensions sector had been guilty of incompetence.’
    • ‘Overall it's really hard to imagine anyone disliking this album.’
    • ‘Jeremy and Austin both disliked it to a certain degree and Dave and Chris gave it much better reviews.’
    hate, detest, loathe, abominate, abhor, despise, scorn, shun, execrate
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noun

mass noun
  • 1A feeling of distaste or hostility.

    ‘he made no secret of his dislike of the police’
    ‘they had taken a dislike to each other’
    • ‘What makes him stand apart from the crowd, is his dislike of claiming publicity for any deed he has done.’
    • ‘Somers makes no secret of his dislike for bureaucracy and his contempt for people who pass the buck.’
    • ‘It is not simple dislike or hatred of their beliefs; it's not a new blasphemy law by the back door.’
    • ‘C stated that L had never been like this on previous occasions despite her expressed dislike for the applicant.’
    • ‘Significantly, though, he has made no secret about his dislike of last season's tactics.’
    • ‘Despite his simulated dislike of women, he is clearly highly susceptible.’
    • ‘Joshua's dark eyes widened, but he stood his ground, despite my apparent dislike.’
    • ‘I think that was the beginning to Margaret's dislike bordering on hatred of Naomi.’
    • ‘If I am already disliked in the designer industry, that dislike could turn to hatred.’
    • ‘I do not think I am very capable of hate, but it was definitely a strong feeling of dislike and repulsion.’
    • ‘Jargon is a big problem in medical informatics and must surely contribute to doctors' dislike of technology.’
    • ‘Would that 20 per cent poll indicate the public's dislike and distrust of the local political system we have?’
    • ‘Despite her obvious dislike for him, she still did her best to take care of him.’
    • ‘But it has been written by Peter Kosminsky, who makes no secret of his dislike of the fourth estate.’
    • ‘The menu was the usual long list of things that sound rude and which you can't remember whether you just dislike or really loathe.’
    • ‘Despite my initial slight dislike of the idea, I had not only come to terms with it, but also started to like it.’
    • ‘Despite her inner ramblings, the door slithered open, to her huge dislike and distaste.’
    • ‘The amount of comments of utter dislike and disgust were too numerous to count.’
    • ‘But in his eyes Kieran saw dislike and disgust - at him as well as the others who had broken in.’
    • ‘Despite his violent dislike for the school and its inhabitants he was starting to get the hang of how things worked.’
    aversion, distaste, disfavour, disapproval, disapprobation, disesteem, enmity, animosity, hostility, animus, antipathy, antagonism
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    1. 1.1count noun A thing to which one feels aversion.
      ‘I know all his likes and dislikes’
      • ‘Amid the hilarious exhilaration of her manifold dislikes, it strikes a sombre note.’
      • ‘I'm so pleased to be so comfortable in sharing stories and thoughts and desires and likes and dislikes…’
      • ‘We established our likes and dislikes and we tested each other.’
      • ‘He does have likes and dislikes, and they emerge steadily.’
      • ‘We even develop likes and dislikes - as if we know each one personally.’
      • ‘For example we have definite dislikes about colours, food and clothes.’
      • ‘What's life like now, before we go over some of the great people you worked with, your likes and dislikes?’
      • ‘If a mom has three or four lunches to make every morning with each of the recipients having their own likes and dislikes, the mom has an even bigger task.’
      • ‘They could keep track of your likes, your dislikes, your allergies, your dreams and your fears.’
      • ‘She's a person now - with likes and dislikes, preferences, desires, interests, and a will of her own.’
      • ‘I thought that we could see whether our dislikes matched theirs.’
      • ‘This allows those who have very strong likes and dislikes to avoid their dislikes.’
      • ‘I believe our likes and dislikes are imprinted in our minds from childhood, probably through our formative experience with our parents.’
      • ‘The Guardian's music writers let fly on their personal dislikes.’
      • ‘We all have our likes and dislikes as to what we consider attractive, beautiful, sexy, ugly etc.’
      • ‘Three varieties of tuna have also been tested out on some troops and service personnel have been asked to fill out surveys detailing their likes and dislikes.’
      • ‘He continued to talk about the male/female thing for quite some time and his preferences or more so, his dislikes.’
      • ‘The growing ethos of it not being the winning, but the taking part that counts is one that Donnelly numbers among his dislikes.’
      • ‘Another of my dislikes is bad customer service.’
      • ‘One of my major dislikes is bridges, especially on fast downhill descents.’
      pet hate, hate, bane, irritant, irritation, anathema, aversion, vexation, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, bane of one's life
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Pronunciation

dislike

/dɪsˈlʌɪk/