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English definition of “-like”

-like

suffix     /-laɪk/
like the thing mentioned : The paper criticized what it described as the animal-like behaviour of the fans . There was a large , ball-like structure on top of the building . childlike trust a cabbage-like vegetable Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities Grammar:LikeLike has a number of meanings and uses.Grammar:Like as a verb meaning ‘enjoy’We use like to talk about things or people which we enjoy or feel positive about:Grammar:Would like in offers and requestsWe use would like or ’d like to offer something to someone in a polite way or to ask them to do something politely (requests), or politely to say what we want. We use the to-infinitive form of verbs that follow:Grammar:Like as a preposition meaning ‘similar to’Like means ‘similar to’. We often use it with verbs of the senses such as look, sound, feel, taste, seem:Grammar:Like as a conjunctionIn informal contexts, we can use like as a conjunction instead of as. Traditional grammar books consider this use of like incorrect:Grammar:Like as a suffixWe can use like as a suffix at the end of a noun to mean ‘similar to’:Grammar:Like in spoken EnglishIn informal speaking, you will hear like used very commonly. It has a number of functions. It is important not to use these forms in formal writing such as academic essays.Grammar:Be like or what is … like?We can use be like to ask for a description of someone or something (e.g. their appearance, their character, their behaviour):Grammar:Be like or look like?We use be like to talk about someone’s character or personality. We use look like to talk about someone’s appearance:
(Definition of -like suffix from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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