Main definitions of like in English

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  • 1Having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to.

    ‘he used to have a car like mine’
    ‘they were like brothers’
    ‘she looked nothing like Audrey Hepburn’
    • ‘She looked nothing like her parents or her brother.’
    • ‘Is it like a chain letter where you all copy it and expect twenty others to do the same?’
    • ‘Claudia and Alex are totally different from me and at first I thought I was expected to be like them.’
    • ‘What Friends character would you say you were most like?’
    • ‘He is like a brother to me and has got me through a lot and has always been there.’
    • ‘It's not like a stolen car that can be resprayed and given a false number plate.’
    • ‘This guy is the closest thing she has to a dad and is like father and brother all rolled into one.’
    • ‘I'd asked for the sirloin to be well done, but didn't expect it to be like leather.’
    • ‘Dressed in a smart brown suit and with her hair in a bun she looked for all the world like Miss Marple.’
    • ‘I also noticed he had a corduroy suit in his bag just like mine.’
    • ‘The firework went off right above the car, it was like a bomb, and it frightened the life out of Declan.’
    • ‘When faced with two equally qualified candidates, employers tend to choose the one most like themselves in accent or background.’
    • ‘It didn't sound like anything else that was around at the time.’
    • ‘It will also be a tragedy for families like mine, who have seen miracles happen in this unit.’
    • ‘We were both going for shots and missing - it was like the Davis and Taylor final.’
    • ‘Just don't expect it to sound like his old indie rock group, or much else for that matter.’
    • ‘He appears, at first sight, to be very like his urbane television character, the radio psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane.’
    • ‘However, I would be very interested if any one has had an experience like mine.’
    • ‘She gets more like him as she gets older, but thinks most people would liken her to her mother.’
    • ‘She wore a skirt like Kay's but it looked much better on her.’
    similar to, the same as, identical to
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    1. 1.1 In the manner of; in the same way or to the same degree as.
      ‘he was screaming like a banshee’
      • ‘When they rang early on Sunday morning and broke the news to my Mum she howled like a banshee which woke me up.’
      • ‘I don't expect newsreaders to pronounce it like locals, but they should get it right.’
      • ‘And, like so many women after the war, she was desperately keen to start a family.’
      • ‘With all his team-mates looking around like lost sheep, the captain decided to do his duty.’
      • ‘Strange how Karen wanted a house with a garden and yet, like so many husbands, I do all the work.’
      • ‘This film about love and loss is so real in its emotion and so well acted that each and every time I watch it I cry like a baby.’
      • ‘If I ever see octopus again I will either collapse in a heap or scream like a maniac.’
      • ‘Paul was trampled on by the home team and screamed like a pig.’
      • ‘We lined up along the edge like baby ducks, tentatively dipping our feet over the edge.’
      • ‘We expect it to be there when we need it like any other emergency service.’
      • ‘He was screaming at me like a wild person.’
      • ‘She seems to be the only one who manages to keep him from screaming like a baby.’
      • ‘She, like the rest of the family, had not expected Belinda to be away for so long.’
      • ‘This is a man without a shred of integrity, a man who will change his colours like a chameleon to suit the situation.’
      • ‘But just like a broken leg must be fixed by a doctor so, in most cases, must depression.’
      • ‘He has been leading by example and running around in training like a lad in his early 20s.’
      • ‘I half expected her to drag me away, like Livi had done, but she stayed where she was.’
      • ‘At least you did not run from the room screaming like a little girl, as no doubt he would.’
      • ‘The air was cold and a stiff wind had blown up, howling down corridors like a banshee.’
      in the same way as, in the manner of, in the same manner as, in the same way that, in a similar way to, after the fashion of, along the lines of, on the lines of, as, tantamount to
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    2. 1.2 In a way appropriate to.
      ‘students were angry at being treated like children’
      • ‘We feel annoyed about being treated like little boys by the planning officers.’
      • ‘It's all a con and it's about time I stopped allowing myself to be treated like a mug.’
      • ‘She is married and loves her husband but he treats her like a child because he is much older than she is.’
      • ‘His stepfather treated him like a slave and in the end his mother asked him to leave home.’
      • ‘I'm sick of being treated like a child, but yet expected to behave like an adult.’
      • ‘The communication is good and he treats us like adults and so far we're seeing the fruits of that approach.’
      • ‘It was there he met and fell for Pauline, and he has been treated like a son by her family.’
      • ‘This guy had photographed everyone but he treated my mum like the star that I know she is.’
      • ‘He should be treated like a national hero for what he has achieved in his sport.’
      • ‘We don't want to keep moving around all the time, but we have no choice and we are sick of being treated like animals.’
      • ‘He treated her like a slave, leaving her to do all the work and never giving her money.’
      • ‘Chickens, pigs and other animals raised on factory farms are treated like machines.’
      • ‘As a result Iain has just visited Barcelona to exhibit his art work where he was treated like a superstar.’
      • ‘He is treating us like children who won't go on the school trip if we don't behave.’
      • ‘One weekend we went to a game reserve where we were treated like royalty and had our own cook.’
      • ‘Even France's old colony of Algeria treated him like a returning hero on his recent visit.’
      • ‘In general, the public will now expect them to instantly look, act and behave like princesses.’
      • ‘She treated us all like we were absolute stars, and expected great things of us all.’
      • ‘The owners and staff treated us like royalty and couldn't have been more helpful.’
      • ‘He's the only person in this dump who doesn't treat me like a freak.’
      characteristic of, typical of, in character with
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    3. 1.3 Such as one might expect from; characteristic of.
      ‘just like you to put a damper on people's enjoyment’
      • ‘Where is my son? It's not like him to be late.’
      • ‘It was so like James to use every opportunity possible to boost his own ego.’
      • ‘I mean, it's totally like a woman to say ‘If you loved me, you'd know how I'm feeling right now!’’
      • ‘It's just like you to blame me for something I obviously didn't do!’
      characteristic of, typical of, in character with
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    4. 1.4 Used in questions to ask about the characteristics or nature of someone or something.
      ‘what is it like to be a tuna fisherman?’
      ‘what's she like?’
      • ‘As a mother and grandmother myself, I cannot imagine what it must be like for them.’
      • ‘He managed to convey a more vivid sense of what life in the 1980s was like for aspiring artists.’
      • ‘I cannot imagine what it must be like to see your best friend die in front of you.’
      • ‘They asked me what it's like and how I feel and you just can't put it into words.’
      • ‘Those who are moving are told what the local schools are like and how they can access training and employment.’
      • ‘I wondered what it was like to grow up as a beautiful person and to know it, from a very young age.’
      • ‘Those of you who wonder what it must be like to live with a writer, wonder no more.’
      • ‘You were here when another bomb went off in Jakarta, what was that like for you?’
      • ‘Visit at least three of them to see what they are like and how much confidence you might place in their judgement.’
      • ‘This week the Times braved the wind, hail and rain to see what local opinion was like on the annual event.’
      • ‘What's it like to be nominated for an Academy Award?’
      • ‘Oh, what's he like? Is he cute?’
      • ‘She was already peppering me with questions about him, what was he like, how tall was he, where was he from, and so on.’
      • ‘I never really have comprehended what it must have been like living in Bristol in the war.’
      • ‘Many novelists and philosophers have considered what it would be like to be able to see into the future.’
      • ‘As I sit looking at their photos, I cannot imagine what it must be like for their family.’
      • ‘We knew what to expect, what the atmosphere would be like and the pressure we would face.’
  • 2Used to draw attention to the nature of an action or event.

    ‘I apologize for coming over unannounced like this’
    ‘why are you talking about me like that?’
    • ‘How dare you talk about my daughter like that!’
    • ‘It seems you have been through a lot with this person but that does not mean it gives him the right to treat you like this.’
    • ‘I ran up the stairs at full speed and knocked on his door, remembering the last time that I'd come over unannounced like this.’
    • ‘The pensions issue is also a very important one and it shouldn't be treated like this.’
    • ‘Why do we continue to treat teachers like this, when they have the most important job?’
    • ‘The bill is the only thing I expect to ask for in a classy restaurant like this!’
    • ‘Some people cannot afford to lock money away like this and expect to otherwise stay out of debt.’
    • ‘In this day and age, it is totally unacceptable that fans behave like this.’
    • ‘These days, it is questions like these that Chileans are having to ask themselves.’
    • ‘When I am asked a question like this, I see and hear the answer, crystal clear in my head.’
  • 3Such as; for example.

    ‘the cautionary vision of works like Animal Farm and 1984’
    • ‘When a young player has high qualities some club like Rangers will want to buy him.’
    • ‘Liquids like petrol must not be used to light the fire as they ignite too quickly and can cause serious burns.’
    • ‘We just did not play well and you cannot afford to do that against a quality side like Australia.’
    • ‘None of the money was invested, instead it was spent on luxuries like fast cars.’
    • ‘Players, particularly young ones like those at City, need to feel confident to perform.’
    • ‘Any train travelling at a decent speed is going to derail when it hits something solid and immovable like a car.’
    • ‘Not for the first time, it has taken an event like Cannes to put British cinema back on the map.’
    • ‘We have lost industries like mining, hosiery and much skilled manufacturing.’
    • ‘Do you ignore symptoms like persistent coughs or indigestion in the hope that they'll go away?’
    • ‘There were daily reports of road rage, often involving weapons like car jacks or knives.’
    • ‘They also provide hire purchase finance for big things like cars and furniture.’
    • ‘He knows what cut and colour suit him best - like pink, because it flatters his skin tone.’
    • ‘Walking is something you can enjoy anywhere, even in a place designed for the car like Clifton Moor.’
    • ‘This attitude extends to other things like the drinks licensing laws for example.’
    • ‘On Sunday the church services will focus on the work of agencies like World Vision.’
    • ‘Factors like birth rates and expected housing developments are being considered in the plan.’
    • ‘How did it help you and your work, working with an established artist like Henry Moore?’
    • ‘It is time for some common sense, for in a rural area like Wiltshire the car is not going to go away.’
    • ‘I guess it's important that he is into the same stuff as me, like cars and that kind of thing.’
    • ‘If people go there it's for a specific event like a conference or a concert.’
    such as, for example, for instance, in particular, as, namely, viz.
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  • 1In the same way that; as.

    ‘people who change countries like they change clothes’
    • ‘Because it is a more traditional style of dancing, we never expected it to take off like it has.’
    • ‘The French bounced back really well, like we expected them to as Six Nations champions.’
    • ‘If a side create ten chances in a game like we have been doing you expect to put a few away.’
    • ‘I didn't like the idea of it, but the guy was just doing his job, like I was doing mine.’
    • ‘When he came in from Saints last season he possibly expected people around him to think like he did.’
    • ‘The scene now means there isn't just one way of finding an artist like there used to be.’
    • ‘Like I said, it's just an idea, but it might be worth thinking about.’
    • ‘We expected it to happen like it has for the last few weeks but we've got to be better than that.’
    • ‘The expedition didn't exactly turn out like I had hoped.’
    • ‘If they want to show their art they can do it on canvas and get it into galleries like real artists do.’
  • 2As though; as if.

    ‘I felt like I'd been kicked by a camel’
    • ‘It's one little date, it's not like I'm going to marry the girl.’
    • ‘Fourth, he must sound like he really means it, that he really believes in himself.’
    • ‘It felt like people were expecting great things that we were not going to be able to produce.’
    • ‘Life for the couple sounds very much like it is drawn from the plot of a Ben Stiller movie.’
    • ‘Will felt like he was missing something but couldn't put his finger on what it was.’
    • ‘Well, it's not like anything exciting is happening today, is it?’
    • ‘It's like all the bad qualities that some adults have are being copied by many kids.’
    • ‘As the names came out of the draw, it seemed like a tie with Liverpool was on the cards.’
    • ‘When I was playing through the summer it felt like there was something missing.’
    • ‘When I was diagnosed in December 2002, I couldn't believe it; somehow, it just seemed like it was happening to somebody else.’
    • ‘He tasted one and looked disappointed, like he was expecting something more exciting.’
    • ‘It was like he expected everyone to do it the Aussie way because their way is the only way.’
    • ‘It was like she almost expected him to do exactly what he was doing right now.’
    • ‘At times I had to slow down because the car made it feel like you were going slower than you actually were.’
    • ‘When I talk to her about it, she acts like she hasn't done anything wrong.’
    • ‘I had put off seeing these films for years and now I feel like I was missing nothing.’


  • 1Used with reference to a person or thing of the same kind as another.

    ‘the quotations could be arranged to put like with like’
    ‘I know him—him and his like’
    • ‘How many wars does it take before he and his like learn that there are no winners in war, only losers?’
    • ‘The problem with league tables is they never compare like with like.’
    • ‘You probably know the fundamental law of all magnets: opposites attract and likes repel.’
    • ‘Suddenly it seemed as though the whole world realized there had passed a man whose like it might never see again.’
    1. 1.1the like A thing or things of the same kind (often used to express surprise or for emphasis)
      ‘did you ever hear the like?’
      ‘a church interior the like of which he had never seen before’
      • ‘This is not just a movie, it is a cinematic experience the likes of which I have never seen before.’
      • ‘This is a fascinating story - I've never heard the like.’
      • ‘Never before and never since has the world seen the likes of The Beatles.’
      • ‘The rain teemed down as the summer monsoon dragged on and the locals claimed they hadn't seen the like for years.’
      • ‘You are playing a new breed of football, the likes of which the country has never seen.’
      • ‘Another farmer, Mr Vernon Petts, also saw a very spectacular display in the sky, the like of which he had never seen before.’
      • ‘Hong Kong developers haven't seen the likes of this rental market since 1997.’
      equal, match, equivalent, counterpart, opposite number, fellow, twin, mate, parallel, peer
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  • 1attributive (of a person or thing) having similar qualities or characteristics to another person or thing.

    ‘I responded in like manner’
    ‘the grouping of children of like ability together’
    • ‘There is no exclusion of gross negligence, serious fault, or anything of a like nature.’
    • ‘‘Setting’, the grouping of children of like ability together to follow a particular study or to master a particular skill is little different from traditional streaming.’
    • ‘The ICC statute itself suggests that the new court will not treat like cases in a like manner.’
    • ‘There were a number of matters of a like nature which went before the Federal Court.’
    • ‘The artist beamed and continued in like manner giving me enough copy for a small report.’
    similar, much the same, more or less the same, not unlike, comparable, corresponding, correspondent, resembling, alike, approximating, analogous, parallel, equivalent, cognate, related, of a kind, akin, kindred
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    1. 1.1predicative (of a portrait or other image) having a faithful resemblance to the original.
      ‘‘Who painted the dog's picture? It's very like.’’
      • ‘Who painted the dog's picture? It -- it's very like.’


  • 1informal Used in speech as a meaningless filler or to signify the speaker's uncertainty about an expression just used.

    ‘there was this funny smell—sort of dusty like’
    • ‘I just - you know, I just kind of like mind my own business.’
    • ‘Ben Kweller and his band certainly did that alright - they like totally rocked, man.’
    • ‘He's been acting all weird like.’
    • ‘And then she said I was right! I was like so amazed!’
    • ‘In the next three one-dayers I didn't play and it was like really frustrating for me.’
  • 2informal Used to convey a person's reported attitude or feelings in the form of direct speech (whether or not representing an actual quotation)

    ‘so she comes into the room and she's like ‘Where is everybody?’’
    • ‘She's got her Nativity play coming up, and she's like, ’Mummy, I'm going to sing on the stage like you.’’
    • ‘So I decided to go swimming with Peter, and we did for a little bit. Then he's like, ‘Do you want to see my car?’’
    • ‘I'm trying to work, and this guy is looking over my shoulder and after a while I notice and I'm like, ‘What are you doing?’’
  • 3like as/toarchaic In the manner of.

    ‘like as a ship with dreadful storm long tossed’


In the sentence he's behaving like he owns the place, like is a conjunction meaning ‘as if’, a usage regarded as incorrect in standard English. Although like has been used as a conjunction in this way since the 15th century by many respected writers, it is still frowned upon and considered unacceptable in formal English, where as if should be used instead


  • and the like

    • And similar things; et cetera.

      ‘the preservation of endangered species in zoos, botanical gardens, and the like’
      • ‘The old kitchen garden was also replanted, with vines, apricots, peaches, and the like.’
      • ‘We had no TV, no video games and the like, but we accepted life and got on with it.’
      • ‘The boot includes hooks for shopping bags and the like and the exterior is enhanced by alloy wheels.’
      • ‘Eton food was all horribly unimaginative, stews and the like, and the only thing I enjoyed was fish.’
      • ‘I owe some of my initial successes to old friends at Oxford who put me in touch with publishers and the like.’
      • ‘His siblings all went into law, medicine and the like, but he had a more artistic bent.’
      • ‘I've spent the entire day sorting and washing baby clothes and the like.’
      • ‘We need to look at how we can strengthen families, parenting skills, and the like.’
      • ‘Many passed up far better paid jobs to work for peanuts as MP's researchers and the like.’
      • ‘Writers of fiction often use the same effect to present swift action, changes in thinking, and the like.’
  • like anything

    • informal To a great degree.

      ‘they would probably worry like anything’
      • ‘There's a green haze on the trees, and the snowdrops are blooming like anything.’
      • ‘Once I get talking, I'll chatter away like anything.’
      • ‘On one side there is a tremendous financial crunch and on the other the ministers are spending money like anything.’
      • ‘Matthew grabbed the ball and ran like anything.’
      • ‘The bill was £220, but they complained like anything when we deducted it from their deposit.’
      • ‘When I came round I moaned; my head hurt like anything.’
      • ‘We've got to fight like anything to recover the position that we had even in 1945.’
  • (as) like as not

    • Probably.

      ‘she would be in bed by now, like as not’
      • ‘Lincoln cathedral is one of the most perfect Gothic cathedrals in Europe, dating back officially to the eleventh century and like as not a fair way before that.’
      • ‘The Electoral Commission, as like as not, will find some dreadful problem with all-postal voting in Yorkshire and the North-West.’
      • ‘Ask a young Indian these days how she or he is, and like as not the cheerful reply will be, ‘I'm doing good.’’
      • ‘I wasn't frightened by the encounter, and would like as not have forgotten it entirely if it hadn't been for the fuss made by my foolish pals and their equally foolish parents.’
      • ‘Art supplies are available on the Internet, of course, and cheaper, like as not.’
      • ‘I shall suffer some indigestion tomorrow like as not, and serve me right.’
      • ‘That'll keep me busy tomorrow and, like as not, the day after that, too.’
      • ‘And if you tell them an article harks back to the 18th century, like as not they'll think this means 1800 on.’
      • ‘The suggestion that birth and motherhood are almost as taboo as death in our society, would, as like as not, be met with guffaws of disbelief in mixed company.’
      • ‘If there were a ‘live and let live’ party they'd like as not get my vote.’
  • like enough (or most like)

    • archaic Probably.

      ‘he'll have lost a deal of blood, I dare say, and like enough he's still losing it’
      • ‘The result of the enterprise would most like have a different outcome.’
  • like —, like —

    • As — is, so is —

      ‘like father, like son’
      • ‘My research shows that it's pretty much a case of ‘like father, like son’ - kids learn how to deal with difficult situations from their parents.’
      • ‘I hadn't expected her daughter to be taught to follow in her footsteps. Then again, like mother like daughter, hmm?’
  • like so

    • informal In this manner.

      ‘the votive candles are arranged like so’
      • ‘First spread the cream, and then place the preserves on top like so.’
      • ‘Come here and turn around and put your arms up like so.’
  • the likes of

    • informal Someone or something regarded as a type.

      ‘she didn't want to associate with the likes of me’
      • ‘The sound has been compared to the likes of Pavement, The Pixies and Talking Heads.’
      • ‘I'm not sure Ford has a plan to fight off the assault on its business from the likes of Toyota.’
      • ‘In the past, the pair have worked with the likes of Suzie Quatro and Cliff Richard.’
      • ‘They put up strong resistance every game and have turned over the likes of Workington.’
      • ‘This is where you are likely to find the likes of Mick Jagger, Elton John and other superstars.’
      • ‘One can only imagine how the likes of Amis or Rushdie would have taken this kind of condescension.’
      • ‘Dementieva beat the likes of Justine Henin-Hardenne and Lindsay Davenport en route to the final.’
      • ‘There was a certain romance in crime when we felt that the likes of Michael Corleone were behind it all.’
      • ‘He finds that people assume the likes of Thompson, Fry and Laurie were part of his circle.’
      • ‘He plays on regular basis with the likes of Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski and is touted as a star of the future.’
  • more like

    • 1informal Nearer to (a specified number or description) than one previously given.

      ‘he believes the figure should be more like £10 million’
      • ‘A couple of fights will build my confidence up and the training will be more like five times a week.’
      • ‘If you look at total jobs lost, it's more like 1.1 or 1.2 million.’
      • ‘This would not be a case of losing valuable seconds to get to the fire but more like quite a few minutes.’
      • ‘The Toronto Star, the Globe, the Post, and even the CBC were saying 15,000 protestors, when the day-to-day estimates were more like 60,000 to 80,000.’
      1. 1.1Nearer to what is required or expected; more satisfactory.
        ‘the sound of Mozart's Horn Concerto filled the car and he relaxed—that was more like it’
        • ‘Meanwhile, next door - this is more like it - The Proclaimers are about to get down to some heavy-duty havering.’
        • ‘The Chardonnay was a light and elegant, vaguely lemony wine, which was far more like it.’
        • ‘French apple tart with cinnamon, that's more like it.’
        • ‘‘That was more like it,’ he said, after making birdies at each of his last two holes.’
        • ‘A potter through the lanes and a pub lunch is more like it.’
        • ‘This is more like it, you think, but it doesn't last for long.’
        • ‘This was more like it - a workmanlike performance imbued with no shortage of skill and plenty of heart.’
  • of (a) like mind

    • (of a person) sharing the same opinions or tastes.

      • ‘The scientists gathered others of like mind around them and new groups formed.’
      • ‘Lisa and I work well together because we are of like mind.’
      • ‘She said her career in real estate had enabled her to meet people of a like mind.’
      • ‘Both father and son share a passion for politics and strong beliefs in the importance of family values, although they have not always been of a like mind politically.’
      • ‘The Lewises set a great example for married couples because they are of like mind when it comes to investing and saving.’
      • ‘Although the submission came from the Marlborough District Council, a number of rural councils, all of a like mind, gave support to it.’
      • ‘In most matters he and Black were of like mind, however.’
      • ‘We seem to be of like mind when it comes to football and football matters.’
      • ‘You pay heavily for the Mercedes mystique, but strong residual values prove that others are of like mind.’
      • ‘A high percentage of the males in Britain were of a like mind on this one.’
  • what is he (or she etc.) like?

    • informal Used as an expression of light-hearted incredulity at behaviour regarded as foolish or eccentric.

      ‘What are you like? I don't believe you are doing this’


Middle English: from Old Norse líkr; related to alike.




Main definitions of like in English

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[with object]
  • 1Find agreeable, enjoyable, or satisfactory.

    ‘all his classmates liked him’
    with present participle ‘people who don't like reading books’
    with infinitive ‘I like to be the centre of attention’
    • ‘She likes reading, writing, listening to music, and watching movies.’
    • ‘I'm liking Craig Ferguson more and more as time goes by.’
    • ‘At the same time, he is reserved and doesn't always like to talk about himself.’
    • ‘As a manager everyone likes him, respects him and wants him to stay.’
    • ‘Marvin likes steak but won't buy one at a restaurant when he can eat one for a fourth of the price at home.’
    • ‘Like many 11-year-old boys, Daniel likes riding his bike and hanging around with his mates.’
    • ‘And if they like my ideas better than hers, they should vote for me.’
    • ‘She is a friendly dog but unlike most very small dogs, she does not like to be picked up.’
    • ‘This recipe is guaranteed to please almost anyone who likes chocolate.’
    • ‘His fans like to point out his immense natural talent and I agree, he is very talented.’
    • ‘Mr. Richardson said men don't like going to the doctor for a number of reasons.’
    • ‘If you're not sure what music your daughter likes, consider giving her a store voucher, so she can make her own choice.’
    • ‘Little wonder that the fans don't like the sound of that.’
    • ‘For some reason, boys don't like being interviewed.’
    • ‘What Don likes best about Finley is his eagerness to learn.’
    • ‘One thing I particularly like about living here is that it's dead quiet at night.’
    • ‘Peter loved farming, and he liked nothing better than helping out his dad with the cattle.’
    • ‘Like most children of elderly parents, Mike hadn't much liked the thought of finding a care home for his mum.’
    • ‘I like big events and know how to prepare for and focus on big games and tournaments.’
    • ‘He was one of those kids who was good looking, clever, good at sport and liked by everybody.’
    • ‘I know I started playing guitar because I didn't like playing the piano.’
    be fond of, be attached to, have a soft spot for, have a fondness for, have a liking for, have regard for, think well of, look on with favour, hold in esteem, admire, respect, esteem
    enjoy, have a taste for, have a preference for, have a liking for, have a weakness for, be partial to, delight in, find pleasure in, take pleasure in, be keen on, find agreeable, derive pleasure from, be pleased by, have a penchant for, have a passion for, derive satisfaction from, find enjoyable, take to, appreciate
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    1. 1.1 (in the context of social media) indicate one's approval of or support for (someone or something) by means of a particular icon or link.
      ‘more than 15,000 Facebook users had liked his page by Monday morning’
      • ‘In the four days, 68,000 people have engaged with that video: 55,000 have "liked" it, and another 13,000 or so have taken the time to post a comment a direct message to Roger.’
      • ‘If you'd like to find out about my next endeavors, please 'like' me on Facebook.’
      • ‘It is not yet clear how much the Internet and social media can help push people to move beyond just 'following' and 'liking' things.’
      • ‘I'd love to know how to reward folks for 'liking' my page with a coupon.’
      • ‘In less than one week, almost 2,000 people have "Liked" the page, with feedback and comments pouring in from electronic music producers, fans and supporters.’
      • ‘The trouble is that big brands pay people to create Facebook profiles to "like" their brand and share with their "friends".’
      • ‘If your spouse is on facebook, do you have to "like" everything they say and do?’
      • ‘I just visited their site for the first time and "liked" it to get on their invitation list.’
      • ‘Here, too, you can hit a button to 'like' a Facebook update, favorite it on Twitter, retweet a tweet or email an item to others.’
      • ‘Once a nefarious website is "liked", an automated message is generated on the Facebook wall which states "I just got $500 by using this free tax preparation service."’
      • ‘And I don't care if a million people "liked" your article, it was still wrong.’
      • ‘I have a facebook page with 10,000 + followers and a recent post had 21 people liking it and 5 comments.’
      • ‘More than 1800 people "liked" the update before Facebook took down their CEO's page.’
      • ‘You have to follow them or like them on Facebook to get an invite, which creates more buzz.’
  • 2Wish for; want.

    ‘would you like a cup of coffee?’
    with infinitive ‘I'd like to hire a car’
    with object and infinitive ‘I'd like you to stay’
    • ‘They would like to rent for a short time as they have been to see various houses in the last few weeks.’
    • ‘He would like to work for a club as a promoter and later start his own record label.’
    • ‘Were there any areas of research that you had to leave out of the book that you'd have liked to have included?’
    • ‘Sit down, please; would you like a drink?’
    • ‘I have nothing against Mick and would have liked him to stay on as manager until the end of the season.’
    • ‘They are asked to list, in order of preference, six schools they would like their son or daughter to go to.’
    • ‘About a month ago, he suddenly said No, he wasn't going to sell it, they could rent it if they liked.’
    • ‘We now have a granddaughter and we and her parents would like to put some money away for her future.’
    • ‘However, as I work flat out, it's difficult to find as much time as I'd like for this.’
    • ‘Mr Dunne is entitled to say what he likes - as is each and every one of us.’
    • ‘He was very special to me and I would like for everybody to know what a wonderful man he was.’
    • ‘If you don't mind, I'd really like to go home and think about all this for a while.’
    • ‘‘What would you like for breakfast?’ Mrs. Roberts asked.’
    • ‘I'd like you to come and meet my parents.’
    • ‘It is only for one year initially, but I would like to stay longer as Ivana and I are enjoying it here.’
    • ‘I never have time to read all the books I would like to.’
    • ‘The US does whatever it likes regardless of what has happened in the past.’
    • ‘The committee would like a little more help in their efforts to promote sport in the area.’
    • ‘Would you like a cup of tea while you wait?’
    • ‘He said he would like to go on to university and is considering a future career in accountancy.’
    1. 2.1would like to do something Used as a polite formula.
      ‘we would like to apologize for the late running of this service’
      • ‘We would like to apologise to Mr Murphy for any distress that this failure has caused.’
      • ‘Police would particularly like to speak to a jogger who helped the boy at the scene.’
      • ‘And I'd especially like to congratulate their managers, who had the foresight to let this happen.’
      • ‘I would like to urge your readers to consider what it is they want from their NHS dental service?’
      • ‘I would like to wish each and every one of you the best of luck in your future pursuits.’
      • ‘It would like to hear from people who feel able to give emotional support to the bereaved.’
      • ‘The trust would like to say thank you to all the visitors who offered their support.’
      • ‘The staff and committee would like to wish her all the best for the future in her new position.’
      • ‘This is a great achievement for these young players and we would like to wish them well.’
      • ‘We would like to thank all the people who gave up their time to run the festival last Saturday.’
      • ‘We would also like to congratulate all the prize winners from the raffle.’
      • ‘Inquiries are ongoing and police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen this man.’
      • ‘The club would like to wish Ben a speed recovery from his recent car crash.’
      • ‘This campaign is a good thing and I would like to wish the Bolton Evening News all the best.’
      • ‘I would like to thank all of the fans for the support and understanding they have shown.’
      • ‘Accordingly, we would still like to interview you with regard to Mr Miller's case.’
      • ‘We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.’
      • ‘To avoid more slippage in regard to the time schedule, we would like to urge you to act accordingly.’
      • ‘We would like to wish him all the best and hope that he finds success and happiness in his new post.’
      • ‘In addition, we would like to correct the record with regard to several points.’
    2. 2.2not like doing/to do something Feel reluctant to do something.
      ‘I don't like leaving her on her own too long’
      • ‘My mom was the kind of person who could always tell when something was wrong, but didn't like to intrude or ask a lot of questions.’
      • ‘I would not like to think that the three years we have invested in one another will be for naught.’
      • ‘Already he belongs, though he and his father may not like to admit it, to a particular class of people.’
      • ‘I would not like to think that he became a policeman to make money the easy and wrong way.’
      • ‘We do not like to admit that this can happen to the British squaddie.’
      • ‘On one level he does not like to talk about those years, but on another, he cannot escape from doing just that.’
      • ‘I would not like to think that my survival was dependent upon the hope of misfortune being visited on other farmers.’
      • ‘I would not like to say how much it will cost to sort it all out but we are all working hard to get everything back to normal.’
      • ‘While she does not like to discuss it, they do regard themselves as a couple.’
      • ‘I didn't like lying to him, but I was trying to protect him from the truth.’
      • ‘This is a hard letter for me to write, because I don't like asking for help.’
      • ‘They may not like to acknowledge it, but they have reason to be grateful to winemakers in the new world.’
      • ‘Democratic politicians may not like to admit this; yet it is an obvious truth.’
      • ‘He would not like to see the running of the pool handed over to private operators as had happened in some places.’
      • ‘Some of us older ones don't like asking for handouts from the Government even though we have put money into the system for years.’
      • ‘Waller does not like to speculate on where he sees himself in five years' time.’
      • ‘His father did not like to flaunt his discoveries.’
      • ‘The president said on Monday that he would not like to predict the outcome of the trial.’
      • ‘He claimed to understand the offside rule, but admitted he would not like to explain it.’
      • ‘I do not like to knock the NHS because my mother worked long and hard as a nursing sister before retiring.’
      enjoy, have a taste for, have a preference for, have a liking for, have a weakness for, be partial to, delight in, find pleasure in, take pleasure in, be keen on, find agreeable, derive pleasure from, be pleased by, have a penchant for, have a passion for, derive satisfaction from, find enjoyable, take to, appreciate
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    3. 2.3 Choose to have (something); prefer.
      ‘how do you like your coffee?’
      • ‘I like my steak medium rare, but my burgers need to be cooked.’
      • ‘Dave is an outgoing guy who likes his beer dark, his coffee black, and his cigarettes often.’
      • ‘Why do I care if my neighbour likes the guys instead of the girls?’
      • ‘The violent action thriller starred Richard Roundtree as the superfly sleuth who likes his women hot, his villains iced and his coffee black.’
      • ‘His coffee isn't the way he likes it since they've run out of half-and-half.’
      • ‘I knew that she didn't drink coffee and that she liked her tea strong and sweet.’
      • ‘How do you like your eggs? Omelet, scrambled, sunny-side up - what?’
      • ‘I'm probably here too much, I know all the waitresses' first names and love life problems, they know my first name and how I like my coffee.’
    4. 2.4in questions Feel about or regard (something)
      ‘how would you like it if it happened to you?’
      • ‘Now just think about that, how would you like it if your daughter went out with someone you went to high school with?’
      • ‘Neil, how would you like to come see a movie with me tomorrow?’
      • ‘How would he like 140 lorries a day passing his house for at least five years?’
      feel about, regard, think about, consider
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  • 1The things one likes or prefers.

    ‘a wide variety of likes, dislikes, tastes, and income levels’
    • ‘The newspaper tries to cater to their likes and dislikes.’
    • ‘These likes and dislikes become the building blocks of some of our most important relationships.’
    • ‘Karadjov has never imposed his musical likes or dislikes on his children.’
    • ‘Hence the importance of childhood, the trial period when we discover our personal likes and dislikes.’
    • ‘Explain anything the babysitter needs to know about your child, such as bedtime or feeding routines, ways to comfort and likes and dislikes.’
    • ‘We all have our likes and dislikes as to what we consider attractive, beautiful, sexy, ugly etc.’
    • ‘Children's likes and dislikes are a fickle business.’
    • ‘It is important to listen to our customers to discover their likes and dislikes and then take the necessary steps to deliver on their preferences.’
    • ‘While you can address each other's irritating habits, you can't change each other's likes and dislikes.’
    • ‘She had ordinary human likes and dislikes and prejudices.’
    • ‘Before getting married, we didn't know each other's likes and dislikes, each other's desires to have or not have children, and each other's desires as to state of residency.’
    • ‘I believe our likes and dislikes are imprinted in our minds from childhood, probably through our formative experience with our parents.’
    • ‘Leigh Fermor had very distinct likes and dislikes.’
    • ‘He did confirm that they create a personal profile of all their guests before they arrive, detailing their likes and dislikes.’
    • ‘As fate would have it, they keep running into each other at various places, also finding out that some of their interests and likes are similar.’
    • ‘Joanne, a dementia nurse, noticed that the most anxious and volatile of her charges became calm and happy when their individual likes and dislikes were noticed and respected.’
    • ‘As my family and Amy will be happy to point out, not only do I enjoy my food, but I have particularly strong likes and dislikes.’
    • ‘The members of the Magistracy reflect our society with their likes, dislikes and general human frailties.’
    • ‘I benefited because my husband always came first with me and because my mother-in-law became a good friend in letting me know her son's likes and dislikes.’
    • ‘She knew all her clients dietary likes and dislikes and each meal was cooked specially for their tastes.’
    1. 1.1 (in the context of social media) an indication of approval of or support for someone or something, expressed by means of a particular icon or link.
      ‘pages that rank well are likely to receive high numbers of likes because they are highly visible in the search engines’
      • ‘It kind of takes the spirit away from Facebook that you can post anything you want and there's transparency in the number of likes for a certain question.’
      • ‘He has 530,000 "likes".’
      • ‘Facebook "likes" and Twitter followers are important numbers.’
      • ‘Within twelve minutes, it had accumulated sixty 'likes' (users who show approval by clicking on a heart).’
      • ‘Only status updates with 5 or more "likes" and comments show up in the Top News section.’
      • ‘I posted a link to an article about this issue on the company's facebook page, it got a few likes, then they removed it about 10 minutes after I posted it and replaced it with their press release.’
      • ‘Since its removal, several other pages with the same name have been created, each attracting only a few hundred "likes" apiece.’
      • ‘Now, there's a "Let James Go to Prom" page on Facebook that has tens of thousands of likes already this morning.’
      • ‘Some spammers have lit up some temporary holes into getting 10's to 100's of thousands of likes / mentions / shares quite quickly.’
      • ‘In its first year, the campaign garnered more than eighty million votes, got three and a half million likes on the company's Facebook page, and drew some sixty thousand Twitter followers.’
      • ‘The Facebook page had attracted more than 22,000 "likes" by Tuesday.’
      • ‘The 76th most powerful woman in the world has a huge following on Facebook, with 630,000 "likes" on her official page.’
      • ‘How many times do you log into Facebook and see people posting about being tired of the cold weather, and that comment has a dozen "Likes".’
      • ‘In less than 24 hours, the page attracted a slew of comments, promotional posters, videos and more than 12,000 "likes" from online activists.’
      • ‘The "News Feed" will present information deemed most relevant to members of your network because of the number of comments and "likes" made about it.’


  • 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.’
  • I like that!

    • Used as an exclamation expressing affront.

      • ‘Well I like that, gang up on me why don't you?’
      • ‘‘I like that,’ she said indignantly. ‘How utterly selfish of him.’’
  • like it or not

    • informal Used to indicate that someone has no choice in a matter.

      ‘you're celebrating with us, like it or not’
      • ‘Nobody likes change but things will change whether we like it or not.’
      • ‘There are eight regional assemblies up and running now, whether we like it or not.’
      • ‘We've got to start making changes to the way we live, whether we like it or not.’
      • ‘The fact is that his decision will, like it or not, generate public interest.’
      • ‘However, what he forgets is that the English language is changing it all the time whether we like it or not.’
      • ‘Sport is normal, sport is human, sport, like it or not, is part of the fabric of life and society.’
      • ‘Society does change, whether we like it or not, and new problems have to be faced.’
      • ‘Whether we like it or not, the vast majority of children these days have mobile phones.’
      • ‘It's the way of the capitalist world in which we participate, like it or not.’
      • ‘Europe recognises regions rather than cities and, like it or not, that is how the cash is doled out.’
  • not like the look (or sound) of

    • Find worrying or alarming.

      ‘I don't like the look of that head injury’
      • ‘The girl was a real looker but I don't like the look of the other guy.’
      • ‘Minnesota's Mark Dayton didn't like the look of recent polls and has bowed out of next year's race.’
      • ‘But at 10 pm we went to check on him and my husband didn't like the look of the colour of him.’
      • ‘If she didn't like the look of her new neighbours she was too well bred to show it.’
      • ‘They don't like the look of the latest company results.’
      • ‘He didn't like the look of either of them, and from the glares both of them gave him it was obvious that the feeling was very mutual.’
      • ‘But I don't like the sound of such totalitarian measures.’
      • ‘‘I don't like the sound of the plans,’ he said, ‘and I'm going to support those opposing the development.’’
      • ‘If you didn't like the look of the fellow asking you to dance, you just said no.’
      • ‘‘I don't mind telling you guys that I don't like the look of this weather,’ he announces.’
  • what's not to like?

    • informal Used as a rhetorical expression of approval or satisfaction.

      ‘cleaner air, cooler temperatures and mountain views—what's not to like?’
      • ‘Honestly, what's not to like about Christmas?’
      • ‘Tall (enough), dark, handsome, what's not to like?’
      • ‘Solar energy seems like a no-brainer - hey, free energy from the sky, what's not to like?’
      • ‘What's not to like about her? "’
      • ‘What's not to like about the weirdo residents?’
      • ‘From their (admittedly rather limited) perspective, what's not to like?’
      • ‘He's tall, he's gorgeous, he's built, he's intelligent what's not to like?’
      • ‘I love a good bagel: what's not to like?’
      • ‘What's not to like about St Lucia?’
      • ‘The concert was fantastic: picnic dinner with friendly company, both my kids nearby, what's not to like?’


Old English līcian ‘be pleasing’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lijken.