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English noun: lick

1. lick (object) a salt deposit that animals regularly lick


Synonymssalt lick


Broader (hypernym)deposit, sediment

2. lick (act) touching with the tongue


SamplesThe dog's laps were warm and wet.


Synonymslap


Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

3. lick (act) (boxing) a blow with the fist


SamplesI gave him a clout on his nose.


Synonymsbiff, clout, poke, punch, slug


Broader (hypernym)blow


Narrower (hyponym)counter, counterpunch, haymaker, hook, jab, knockout punch, KO punch, parry, rabbit punch, sucker punch, Sunday punch


Domain categoryboxing, fisticuffs, pugilism


English verb: lick

1. lick (contact) beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight


SamplesWe licked the other team on Sunday!.


ExamplesThe fighter managed to lick his opponent


Synonymsbat, clobber, cream, drub, thrash


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


Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish


Verb groupflail, lam, thrash, thresh

2. lick (contact) pass the tongue over


SamplesThe dog licked her hand.


Synonymslap


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


Broader (hypernym)stroke


Narrower (hyponym)tongue

3. lick (cognition) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of


SamplesDid you solve the problem?.
Work out your problems with the boss.
This unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out.
Did you get it?.
Did you get my meaning?.
He could not work the math problem.


Synonymsfigure out, puzzle out, solve, work, work out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)understand


Narrower (hyponym)answer, answer, break, guess, infer, resolve, riddle, strike


Entailreason

4. lick (consumption) take up with the tongue


SamplesThe cat lapped up the milk.
The cub licked the milk from its mother's breast.


Synonymslap, lap up


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)drink, imbibe









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