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English adjective: like

1. like resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination

SamplesSuits of like design.
A limited circle of like minds.
Members of the cat family have like dispositions.
As like as two peas in a pod.
Doglike devotion.
A dreamlike quality.


Similarlike-minded, look-alike, suchlike

See alsosame

Antonymsunlike, dissimilar, different

2. like equal in amount or value

SamplesLike amounts.
Equivalent amounts.
The same amount.
Gave one six blows and the other a like number.
The same number.


See alsoequal


3. like having the same or similar characteristics

SamplesAll politicians are alike.
They looked utterly alike.
Friends are generally alike in background and taste.

Synonymsalike, similar

Attributealikeness, likeness, similitude

Antonymsunalike, dissimilar

4. like conforming in every respect

SamplesBoxes with corresponding dimensions.
The like period of the preceding year.

Synonymscomparable, corresponding



English noun: like

1. like (cognition) a similar kind

SamplesDogs, foxes, and the like.
We don't want the likes of you around here.

Synonymsthe like, the likes of

Broader (hypernym)form, kind, sort, variety

2. like (cognition) a kind of person

SamplesWe'll not see his like again.
I can't tolerate people of his ilk.


Broader (hypernym)form, kind, sort, variety

English verb: like

1. like (emotion) prefer or wish to do something

SamplesDo you care to try this dish?.
Would you like to come along to the movies?.

ExamplesThey like him to write the letter

Synonymscare, wish

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)desire, want

Narrower (hyponym)please

2. like (emotion) find enjoyable or agreeable

SamplesI like jogging.
She likes to read Russian novels.

ExamplesSam and Sue like the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Narrower (hyponym)care for, cotton, enjoy, love, prefer



3. like (emotion) be fond of

SamplesI like my nephews.

ExamplesSam cannot like Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

4. like (cognition) feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard

SamplesHow did you like the President's speech last night?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consider, reckon, regard, see, view

5. like (emotion) want to have

SamplesI'd like a beer now!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)desire, want

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