from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • auxiliary verb Used with a past infinitive or with to and a simple past form to indicate being just on the point of or coming near to having done something in the past.
  • intransitive verb To find pleasant or attractive; enjoy.
  • intransitive verb To want to have.
  • intransitive verb To prefer.
  • intransitive verb To feel about; regard.
  • intransitive verb To believe or predict that (a certain competitor) will win a contest.
  • intransitive verb To perform well under (a given condition) or using (a given feature).
  • intransitive verb Archaic To be pleasing to.
  • intransitive verb To have an inclination or a preference.
  • intransitive verb Scots To be pleased.
  • noun Something that is liked; a preference.
  • idiom (like it or not) No matter how one might feel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of similar form, appearance, or quality; of corresponding kind, amount, extent, degree, etc.; corresponding; equal or equivalent; analogous; agreeing in some noticeable respect: as, territory of like extent; two men of like pursuits and tastes.
  • Having resemblance; similar in any respect; resembling: followed by to or a dative case (sometimes by as), the word or phrase governed by to being, however, often omitted: as, they are as like (to each other) as two peas.
  • Likely; liable.
  • Synonyms Allied, cognate, analogous, parallel.
  • noun A person or thing resembling another; a counterpart; a resemblance; a similar character, condition, or example.
  • noun Body; form; the body of a human being or of any animal.
  • noun A dead body; a corpse.
  • To regard or describe as resembling; liken; compare.
  • In the same or a similar manner; equally; correspondingly.
  • In the manner of; in the same way as.
  • Likely; probably.
  • As it were; so to speak: used after clauses or phrases with a signification similar to that of like suffixed to nouns. See like, adjective, 2.
  • See fun.
  • noun A liking; a fancy; an inclination: used chiefly in the phrase likes and dislikes.
  • To be likely: chiefly or only in the preterit liked, equivalent to had like. See like, adjective
  • As; as if.
  • noun In golf, a stroke which equalizes the number played by the other side.
  • As well as; as also.
  • To please; be pleasing to; be agreeable to; suit; satisfy: used impersonally, and followed by an object, originally dative, of the person.
  • To regard with favor; be well affected toward; be pleased with; take pleasure in.
  • To agree with, as food or drink.
  • To be suitable or agreeable; give satisfaction.
  • To be pleased or suited; choose: used absolutely, but formerly sometimes followed by of.
  • To thrive; grow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which is equal or similar to another; the counterpart; an exact resemblance; a copy.
  • noun A liking; a preference; inclination; -- usually in pl..
  • noun (Golf) The stroke which equalizes the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side.
  • adverb In a manner like that of; in a manner similar to.
  • adverb In a like or similar manner.
  • adverb Likely; probably.
  • adjective Having the same, or nearly the same, appearance, qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar to; similar; alike; -- often with in and the particulars of the resemblance.
  • adjective Equal, or nearly equal.
  • adjective Having probability; affording probability; probable; likely.
  • adjective Inclined toward; disposed to.
  • adjective had nearly; came little short of.
  • adjective (Geom.) similar figures.
  • intransitive verb To be pleased; to choose.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English liken, to compare, from like, similar; see like.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English liken, from Old English līcian, to please; see līk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English liken, from Old English līcian ("to please, be sufficient"), from Proto-Germanic *līkōnan, *līkānan (“to please”), from Proto-Indo-European *līg- (“image, likeness, similarity”). Cognate with Dutch lijken ("to seem"), German gleichen ("to resemble"), Icelandic líka ("to like"), Norwegian like ("to like"), Albanian ngjaj ("I resemble, I'm alike") from archaic nglâj.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English ġelīċ by shortening, influenced by Old Norse líkr. Cognate with alike; more distantly, with lich and -ly.



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