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English definition of “like”

like

verb [T] (WANT)    /laɪk/
would like (or formal should like...) A1 used to say politely that you want something: I think I'd like the soup for my starter. I'd like to go to Moscow. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who's helped to make our wedding such a special occasion!Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness A1 used in requests: I'd like one of the round loaves, please. [+ to infinitive] I'd like to book a seat for tonight's performance. [+ obj + to infinitive ] I'd like you to send this for me, please. [+ past participle] I would like the whole lot finished by the weekend.Making appeals and requests Grammar:LikeLike has a number of meanings and uses.See moreGrammar:Like as a verb meaning ‘enjoy’We use like to talk about things or people which we enjoy or feel positive about:See moreGrammar:Would like in offers and requestsWe use would like or ’d like to offer something to someone in a polite way or to ask them to do something politely (requests), or politely to say what we want. We use the to-infinitive form of verbs that follow:See moreGrammar:Like as a preposition meaning ‘similar to’Like means ‘similar to’. We often use it with verbs of the senses such as look, sound, feel, taste, seem:See moreGrammar:Like as a conjunctionIn informal contexts, we can use like as a conjunction instead of as. Traditional grammar books consider this use of like incorrect:See moreGrammar:Like as a suffixWe can use like as a suffix at the end of a noun to mean ‘similar to’:See moreGrammar:Like in spoken EnglishIn informal speaking, you will hear like used very commonly. It has a number of functions. It is important not to use these forms in formal writing such as academic essays.See moreGrammar:Be like or what is … like?We can use be like to ask for a description of someone or something (e.g. their appearance, their character, their behaviour):See moreGrammar:Be like or look like?We use be like to talk about someone’s character or personality. We use look like to talk about someone’s appearance:See more
(Definition of like verb (WANT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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