Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To see, mention, or show as similar; compare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To compare; to state that (something) is like (something else).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To allege, or think, to be like; to represent as like; to compare.
  • transitive v. To make or cause to be like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make like; cause to resemble.
  • To represent, declare, or describe as like or similar; compare.

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

  • v. consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous

Etymologies

Middle English liknen, from like, similar; see like2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English liken ("to compare; to be comparable, be equal; to form; to be appropriate"), equivalent to like +‎ -en. (Wiktionary)

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  • Many rocks have lichens on them.

    February 5, 2011

  • Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. — Matthew 7:24

    February 5, 2011