Definition of liking in English:

liking

noun

  • 1[usually in singular] A feeling of regard or fondness:

    ‘she'd taken an instant liking to Arnie's new girlfriend’
    • ‘It is generally accepted that the priest had a liking for strong drink and some of the stories place him in pubs and outside a glass of the hard stuff.’
    • ‘However, over the years he developed a liking for prosecution and when he got the opportunity, he just grabbed it.’
    • ‘The new West Indies management team seemed to have had a liking for the use of cutting-edge technology in its verbal assault.’
    • ‘Michael has been a member of Macra since he was 17 and developed a liking for public speaking within the group.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Raghu's parents arrive and take a liking for the girl.’
    • ‘My wife has always had a liking for this unfortunate little girl.’
    • ‘Not just cricket, Viru has a liking for table-tennis, badminton, football and swimming.’
    • ‘He has always had a liking for the songs of Jim Reeves.’
    • ‘Acknowledging that professing a liking for ska can be a rock band's death wish, O'Dell stands by their tastes.’
    • ‘Nor should anyone be surprised if little boys grow up with a liking for the apparent brutality they have witnessed at an ice-hockey game.’
    • ‘It's just this guy called Josh who plays guitar and sings his songs, which have a liking for wandering melodies that meander up and down and all over the place.’
    • ‘Coming in at No 4 Michael Nind showed a liking for Hill Park Oval not shared by his brothers, the earlier batsmen.’
    • ‘The company has come a very long way since Abigail Punch developed a liking for tea in 1851 and decided to set up her own import and wholesale company.’
    • ‘Anyone with a liking for bikes and bike riding will find it fascinating.’
    • ‘But he has considerable experience in similar vessels and a liking for this type of employment.’
    • ‘A liking for birds is an ineluctable aspect of being human.’
    • ‘If he is not exercising those grey cells over science and technology, Tiwari has a liking for reading Buddhist philosophy.’
    • ‘I developed a liking for devotional songs of the Goddess from childhood.’
    • ‘He also had a liking for good poetry and recitations.’
    • ‘Hong Kong people seem to have a liking for older candidates.’
    fondness, love, affection, penchant, attachment
    enjoyment, appreciation, taste
    preference, partiality, predilection, proclivity, propensity, proneness, predisposition, tendency, bias
    desire, fancy, inclination, bent, leaning, hankering, affinity, attraction
    passion, longing, urge, itch
    thing
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    1. 1.1a liking for A taste for:
      ‘Mrs Parsons had a liking for gin and tonic’
      fondness, love, affection, penchant, attachment
      enjoyment, appreciation, taste
      preference, partiality, predilection, proclivity, propensity, proneness, predisposition, tendency, bias
      desire, fancy, inclination, bent, leaning, hankering, affinity, attraction
      passion, longing, urge, itch
      thing
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Origin

Old English līcung (see like, -ing).

Pronunciation

liking

/ˈlʌɪkɪŋ/