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Meaning of “like” - Learner’s Dictionary

like

verb [T]     /laɪk/
A1 to enjoy something or feel that someone or something is pleasant: [+ doing sth] Most kids like playing computer games. [+ to do sth] I like to paint in my spare time. He really likes her. What do you like about him? →  Opposite dislike verb Liking
not like to do sth/not like doing sth to not usually do something because you think it is wrong: I don't like to criticize her too much.Refusing and rejectingMorality and rules of behaviour
would like sth A1 to want something: [+ to do sth] I'd like to think about it. I'd like some chips with that, please.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
Would you like...? A1 used to offer someone something: Would you like a drink? [+ to do sth] Would you like to eat now?Polite expressions
if you like used to say 'yes' when someone suggests a plan: "Shall I come?" "If you like."Yes, no and not A2 used when you offer someone something: If you like I could drive you there.Polite expressions
How do you like sb/sth? used to ask someone for their opinion: How do you like my new shoes?Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions
Translations of “like”
in Arabic يُحِبّ…
in Korean 좋아하다…
in Malaysian suka…
in French aimer…
in Turkish sevmek, hoşlanmak, keyif almak…
in Italian piacere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 喜歡, 喜歡,喜愛, 對…反感,討厭…
in Russian нравиться, любить…
in Polish lubić…
in Vietnamese thích, ham thích…
in Spanish gustar…
in Portuguese gostar de, curtir…
in Thai ชอบ…
in German mögen…
in Catalan m’agrada, t’agrada, etc.…
in Japanese ~が好きだ…
in Indonesian menyukai…
in Chinese (Simplified) 喜欢, 喜欢,喜爱, 对…反感,讨厌…
(Definition of like verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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