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"lick" in British English

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lickverb

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

B2 [T] to move the tongue across 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 seconds flames 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 your ice cream?
(Definition of lick from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lickverb [T]

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

to move the tongue across 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 difficult problem: He has licked the cancer.

licknoun [C]

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

infml a small amount: 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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