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English definition of “like”

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 verbLiking
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
(Definition of like verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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