Definition of liking in English:



  • [in singular] A feeling of regard or fondness.

    ‘Mrs. Parsons had a liking for gin and tonic’
    ‘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.’
    • ‘My wife has always had a liking for this unfortunate little girl.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Raghu's parents arrive and take a liking for the girl.’
    • ‘I developed a liking for devotional songs of the Goddess from childhood.’
    • ‘A liking for birds is an ineluctable aspect of being human.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyone with a liking for bikes and bike riding will find it fascinating.’
    • ‘The new West Indies management team seemed to have had a liking for the use of cutting-edge technology in its verbal assault.’
    • ‘Coming in at No 4 Michael Nind showed a liking for Hill Park Oval not shared by his brothers, the earlier batsmen.’
    • ‘However, over the years he developed a liking for prosecution and when he got the opportunity, he just grabbed it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not just cricket, Viru has a liking for table-tennis, badminton, football and swimming.’
    • ‘He also had a liking for good poetry and recitations.’
    • ‘Michael has been a member of Macra since he was 17 and developed a liking for public speaking within the group.’
    • ‘Hong Kong people seem to have a liking for older candidates.’
    • ‘He has always had a liking for the songs of Jim Reeves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If he is not exercising those grey cells over science and technology, Tiwari has a liking for reading Buddhist philosophy.’
    • ‘But he has considerable experience in similar vessels and a liking for this type of employment.’
    • ‘Acknowledging that professing a liking for ska can be a rock band's death wish, O'Dell stands by their tastes.’
    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
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Old English līcung (see like, -ing).