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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.


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.


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


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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