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English definition of “like”

like

preposition, conjunction (SIMILAR TO)    /laɪk/
A2 similar to; in the same way or manner as: He looks like his brother. She's very much like her mother (= she is similar in appearance or character). Is Japanese food like Chinese? I've got a sweater just like that. Her hair was so soft it was like silk. You're acting like a complete idiot! She sings like an angel! Like I said (= as I have already said), I don't wear perfume. Like most people (= as most people would), I'd prefer to have enough money not to work. It feels/seems like (= it seems to me) ages since we last spoke. There's nothing like a good cup of coffee (= it's better than anything)!Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities Grammar:As or like?As and like are prepositions or conjunctions. The prepositions as and like have different meanings. As + noun means ‘in the role of’, like + noun means ‘similar to’ or ‘in the same way as’.See moreGrammar: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 prepositionconjunction (SIMILAR TO) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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