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Meaning of “lick” in the English Dictionary

"lick" in British English

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lickverb

uk   /lɪk/  us   /lɪk/
  • lick verb (MOVE TONGUE)

B2 [T] to ​move the ​tongueacross the ​surface of something: He licked the ​chocolate off his ​fingers. She licked the ​stamps and ​stuck them on the ​parcel.
[T, I + prep] If ​flames or ​waves lick something, they ​pass over it ​quickly or ​touch it ​lightly like a ​tongue: Within a few ​secondsflames were licking at the ​curtains.

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licknoun

uk   /lɪk/  us   /lɪk/
  • lick noun (TONGUE)

[C] the ​action of licking something: Can I have a lick of ​youricecream?
(Definition of lick from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lick" in American English

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lickverb [T]

 us   /lɪk/
  • lick verb [T] (MOVE TONGUE)

to move the ​tongueacross the ​surface of something as a way of ​eating it or making it ​wet or ​clean: [T] to lick a ​stamp/​lollipop
  • lick verb [T] (DEFEAT)

infml to ​defeat someone or something, or to ​solve a ​difficultproblem: He has licked the ​cancer.

licknoun [C]

 us   /lɪk/
  • lick noun [C] (SMALL AMOUNT)

infml a ​smallamount: Chuck couldn’t ​read a lick.
(Definition of lick from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lick”
in Korean 핥다…
in Arabic يَلْحَس…
in Malaysian menjilat…
in French lécher…
in Russian лизать, облизывать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 移動舌頭, 舔,舐, (火焰)蔓延,掠過,吞捲…
in Italian leccare…
in Turkish yalamak…
in Polish lizać…
in Spanish lamer…
in Vietnamese liếm…
in Portuguese lamber, chupar…
in Thai เลีย…
in German lecken…
in Catalan llepar…
in Japanese ~をなめる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 移动舌头, 舔,舐, (火焰)蔓延,掠过,吞卷…
in Indonesian menjilat…
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