Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To find pleasant or attractive; enjoy.
  • transitive v. To want to have: would like some coffee.
  • transitive v. To feel about; regard: How do you like her nerve!
  • transitive v. Archaic To be pleasing to.
  • intransitive v. To have an inclination or a preference: If you like, we can meet you there.
  • intransitive v. Scots To be pleased.
  • n. Something that is liked; a preference: made a list of his likes and dislikes.
  • prep. Possessing the characteristics of; resembling closely; similar to.
  • prep. In the typical manner of: It's not like you to take offense.
  • prep. In the same way as: lived like royalty.
  • prep. Inclined or disposed to: felt like running away.
  • prep. As if the probability exists for: looks like a bad year for farmers.
  • prep. Such as; for example: saved things like old newspapers and pieces of string.
  • adj. Possessing the same or almost the same characteristics; similar: on this and like occasions.
  • adj. Alike: They are as like as two siblings.
  • adj. Having equivalent value or quality. Usually used in negative sentences: There's nothing like a good night's sleep.
  • adv. In the manner of being; as if. Used as an intensifier of action: worked like hell; ran like crazy.
  • adv. Informal Probably; likely: Like as not she'll change her mind.
  • adv. Nearly; approximately: The price is more like 1,000 dollars.
  • adv. Nonstandard Used to provide emphasis or a pause: Like let's get going.
  • n. One similar to or like another. Used with the: was subject to coughs, asthma, and the like.
  • n. Informal An equivalent or similar person or thing; an equal or match. Often used in the plural: I've never seen the likes of this before. We'll never see his like again.
  • conj. Usage Problem In the same way that; as: To dance like she does requires great discipline.
  • conj. Usage Problem As if: It looks like we'll finish on time.
  • idiom be like Informal To say or utter. Used chiefly in oral narration: And he's like, "Leave me alone!”
  • auxiliary v. Chiefly Southern U.S. 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: "I like to a split a gut laughin'.” "It seemed as how nobody had thought about measurin' the width of the bridge's openin', and we like to didn't make it through” ( Dictionary of American Regional English).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To please.
  • v. To enjoy, be pleased by; favor; be in favor of.
  • v. To derive pleasure of, by or with someone or something.
  • v. To prefer and maintain (an action) as a regular habit or activity.
  • v. To find attractive; to prefer the company of; to have mild romantic feelings for.
  • v. To show support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
  • n. Something that a person likes (prefers).
  • n. The act of showing support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
  • adj. similar
  • adv. for example, such as: to introduce an example or list of examples
  • adv. Likely.
  • n. Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.
  • conj. as if; as though
  • prep. Somewhat similar to, reminiscent of.
  • prep. A delayed filler.
  • prep. A mild intensifier.
  • prep. indicating approximation or uncertainty
  • prep. When preceded by any form of the verb to be, used to mean “to say” or “to think”; used to precede an approximate quotation or paraphrase.
  • interj. Used to place emphasis upon a statement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Equal, or nearly equal.
  • adj. Having probability; affording probability; probable; likely.
  • adj. Inclined toward; disposed to.
  • n. That which is equal or similar to another; the counterpart; an exact resemblance; a copy.
  • n. A liking; a preference; inclination; -- usually in pl..
  • n. The stroke which equalizes the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side.
  • adv. In a manner like that of; in a manner similar to.
  • adv. In a like or similar manner.
  • adv. Likely; probably.
  • transitive v. To suit; to please; to be agreeable to.
  • transitive v. To be pleased with in a moderate degree; to approve; to take satisfaction in; to enjoy.
  • transitive v. To liken; to compare.
  • intransitive v. To be pleased; to choose.
  • intransitive v. To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition).
  • intransitive v. To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly. Cf. Had like, under Like, a.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Body; form; the body of a human being or of any animal.
  • n. A dead body; a corpse.
  • 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.
  • n. A person or thing resembling another; a counterpart; a resemblance; a similar character, condition, or example.
  • 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.
  • As; as if.
  • To regard or describe as resembling; liken; compare.
  • 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.
  • n. 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
  • n. In golf, a stroke which equalizes the number played by the other side.
  • As well as; as also.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination
  • v. want to have
  • v. prefer or wish to do something
  • adj. equal in amount or value
  • v. be fond of
  • n. a kind of person
  • adj. having the same or similar characteristics
  • v. find enjoyable or agreeable
  • adj. conforming in every respect
  • v. feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard
  • n. a similar kind

Etymologies

Middle English liken, from Old English līcian, to please.
Middle English, from like, similar (from Old English gelīc and Old Norse līkr) and from like, similarly (from Old English gelīce, from gelīc, similar).
Middle English liken, to compare, from like, similar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old English ġelīċ by shortening, influenced by Old Norse líkr. Cognate with alike; more distantly, with lich and -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Hm--rike, rake, roke.

    March 23, 2011

  • I rike you.

    March 23, 2011

  • Jinkies!

    "2. A dead body; a corpse."
    --Century Dictionary

    March 23, 2011

  • Like has been looked up 974 times, favorited 0 times, listed 45 times, commented on 27 times, and has a Scrabble score of 8.

    July 24, 2010

  • As a teenage girl, I say to that article, pfft!

    January 28, 2009

  • Does it, like, bother you that the researcher's first name is, like, Muffy?

    December 16, 2008

  • The way teens talk, like, serves a purpose.

    December 14, 2008

  • The state of being AWAR?

    Acutally, the OED lists awar as Old English and one of many variants of owhere, 'anywhere'.

    An acadamy is perhaps an academy for dames.

    August 6, 2008

  • Just looked at it again. Not only is "awareness" missing the first E, but "Academy" is misspelled. Spec-TAC-ular.

    *fur dripping*

    August 5, 2008

  • Good catch, pleth. I was focused on that..."thing" in the lower left corner. Is that, like, the worst logo ever??

    August 5, 2008

  • *roars and runs off to bathe in a river and get that disgusting shit offa me*

    August 5, 2008

  • *Grabs an overripe banana and mashes it into chained_bear's fur*

    *topped with a marshmallow*

    August 5, 2008

  • *takes reesetee's indiscriminate, icing-smeared cupcake and rubs it in reesetee's EAR*

    *topped with a marshmallow!*

    August 5, 2008

  • Ha! I didn't notice that!

    August 5, 2008

  • Is it amusing to anyone else that at the bottom of that poster the "e" has been left out of "awareness"?

    August 5, 2008

  • You'd think these two were married, the way they carry on.

    August 5, 2008

  • Corners!

    August 5, 2008

  • A marshmallow? You threw a marshmallow at me? Of all the....

    *indiscriminately flings cupcake at chained_bear's snout*

    August 5, 2008

  • OWW! What'dja do that for?! *whips cupcake at reesetee's head*

    *followed closely by a marshmallow*

    August 5, 2008

  • Yes! Yes, remember? We...uh...had that meeting? About not liking "like"? *kicks c_b under the table*

    August 5, 2008

  • We are?

    August 4, 2008

  • Skipvia: I confess. Chained_bear and I are campaigning to ban the word from the English language.

    August 4, 2008

  • There must be multiple theses on this phenomenon by now. Can anyone direct me?

    n.b. skip: not me. But I'll donate.

    August 3, 2008

  • Okay--which one of you Wordies is behind this movement?

    Anyone seen chained_bear lately?

    August 3, 2008

  • to fall in like (for love):

    "Before I discovered you could set up a "disk browser" in TextWrangler, I fell in like with TextMate. I seem to be in good company because I keep recognizing TextMate in screencasts." from http://blog.contenthere.net/2008/06/i-use-this.html

    June 24, 2008

  • Thanks, uselessness. Just so. :-)

    October 22, 2007

  • Oh, there's an obscure usage you missed: "I like ice cream."
    It indicates favor. Mostly obsolete.

    October 22, 2007

  • Shaggy: "Like, let's get outta here, Scoob!"

    October 22, 2007

  • Valley Speak

    As an adverb: I, like, died!
    As a quotative: She was, like, no way!
    Like can also be used to communicate a pantomime, or to paraphrase an explicitly unspoken idea or sentiment: I was like (speaker rolls eyes).
    As a hedge: I have, like, no money.
    As a discourse particle or interjection: I, like, don't know what to do.
    It is also becoming more often used at the end of a sentence, as an alternative to you know: I didn't say, like, anything.

    October 22, 2007

  • <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-fGZtrBeDcQ&rel=1"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-fGZtrBeDcQ&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>

    October 22, 2007

  • December 2, 2006