lick Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “lick” in the English Dictionary

"lick" in British English

See all translations


uk   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.
More examples

lick verb (DEFEAT)

[T] informal to ​defeateasily in a ​competition, ​fight, etc.: We'll lick the other ​teams.


uk   us   /lɪk/

lick noun (HIT)

[C] old-fashioned informal the ​act of ​hitting someone with something such as a whip

lick noun (SPEED)

at a fair, great, etc. lick UK informal at a ​fastspeed: The ​trains go by at a ​hell of a lick.

lick noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C] informal a ​smallamount or ​thinlayer: The ​livingroom could do with a lick of ​paint.

lick noun (MUSIC)

[C] specialized music in jazz or rockmusic, a ​shortseries of ​notesplayed by one ​musician

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

See all translations

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…
What is the pronunciation of lick?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


A studious person enjoys studying or spends a lot of time studying.

Word of the Day

Tree huggers and climate change deniers
Tree huggers and climate change deniers
by Colin McIntosh,
October 08, 2015
The climate debate is one that has predictably generated a large amount of new vocabulary, some of it originally specialized scientific terminology that has been taken up by the media and is now common currency. Some of these terms are new additions to the Cambridge English Dictionary. The two opposing sides in

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More