Definition of if you like in English:

if you like


  • 1If it suits or pleases you.

    ‘we could go riding if you like’
    • ‘Add some sunflower seeds, wheat-germ or yoghurt to the blend if you like.’
    • ‘You can use any vegetables - add leeks, carrots, potatoes or cauliflower if you like.’
    • ‘Use low-fat dairy products if you like which still add flavour with just a minimum amount of fat.’
    • ‘Call me a reactionary if you like, but I still think reading a work is an important first step in criticizing it.’
    • ‘It's cordless, so you can then pick it up and bring it right to the table, if you like.’
    • ‘You can feel sorry for me if you like but really it's not necessary.’
    • ‘There are a variety of committees which you can participate in if you like.’
    • ‘You can take someone with you if you like, but I had no one to take.’
    • ‘I'll try to get an MP3 version on the site here soon so you can download it if you like.’
    • ‘Add the juice of an orange if you like and serve in tall glasses with ice cubes.’
  • 2Used when expressing something in a new or tentative way.

    ‘it's a whole new branch of chemistry, a new science if you like’
    • ‘To understand showbiz you have to realise that there is a great snobbery, a pecking order if you like, and movies are at the top.’
    • ‘Is that the answer, or is it a matter of handling this insurrection, if you like, in a different way.’
    • ‘What is being offered today is more brand diversification if you like.’
    • ‘That can be a very helpful way of trying to create a sort of win/win, if you like, for the two organisations.’
    • ‘Anyway, I've given myself from now until Xmas to chill out - an extended holiday if you like.’
    • ‘However, this week it's two problems, or the same problem in two sports if you like.’
    • ‘In themselves they are just other products of evolution or creations of God if you like.’
    • ‘Whatever the pub there is always one thing, good or bad, to set it apart - its own unique selling point if you like.’
    • ‘They're spending ten billion to not have to spend twenty billion, if you like.’
    • ‘He should not be afraid to explain that we are moving towards a Federal Britain - or a US-UK, if you like.’