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English definition of “like”

like

preposition, conjunction (AS IF)    /laɪk/
B1 in a way that suggests: It looks like I'm going to be in the office until late tonight. It looks like rain (= I think it is going to rain). It sounds to me like you ought to change jobs. You look like you've just got out of bed!not standard She acts like she's stupid!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 (AS IF) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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