Definition of dislike in US English:

dislike

verb

[with object]
  • Feel distaste for or hostility toward.

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

  • 1A feeling of distaste or hostility.

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

/disˈlīk//dɪsˈlaɪk/