Definition of “dislike” - English Dictionary

“dislike” in British English

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dislikeverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈslaɪk/ us /dɪˈslaɪk/

B1 to not like someone or something:

Why do you dislike her so much?
[ + -ing verb ] I dislike walking and I hate camping.

More examples

  • I have always disliked that feeling of fullness after a large meal.
  • She disliked the president, whom she once described as an 'insufferable bore'.
  • The producer disliked the script and said it must be rewritten.
  • He dislikes any kind of physical contact - he doesn't even like to shake your hand.
  • I can't imagine why she became a teacher because she obviously dislikes children intensely!


uk /dɪˈslaɪk/ us /dɪˈslaɪk/

(Definition of “dislike” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“dislike” in American English

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dislikeverb [ T ]

us /dɪsˈlɑɪk/

to not like; to find someone or something unpleasant, difficult, etc.:

I dislike the idea of leaving him home alone all evening.
noun [ C/U ] us /dɪsˈlɑɪk/

[ C ] a dislike of flying

(Definition of “dislike” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)