Definition of “like” - English Dictionary

“like” in English

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likeverb [ T ]

uk /laɪk/ us /laɪk/

like verb [ T ] (ENJOY)

A1 to enjoy or approve of something or someone:

I like your new haircut.
Do you like fish?
I like it when a book is so good that you can't put it down.
I quite like wine but I could live without it.
He's very well-liked (= popular) at work.
I like the way he just assumes we'll listen to him when he doesn't take in a word anyone else says! (= I don't like it and it annoys me.)
[ + -ing verb ] I don't like upsetting people.
[ + to infinitive ] He likes to spend his evenings in front of the television.

to show that you think something is good on a social networking website by clicking on a symbol or the word 'like':

Like us on Facebook!
More than 200 people liked my post.

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like verb [ T ] (WANT)

would like or formal should like...

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A1 used to say politely that you want something:

I think I'd like the soup for my starter.
I'd like to go to Moscow.
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who's helped to make our wedding such a special occasion!

A1 used in requests:

I'd like one of the round loaves, please.
[ + to infinitive ] I'd like to book a seat for tonight's performance.
[ + obj + to infinitive ] I'd like you to send this for me, please.
[ + past participle ] I would like the whole lot finished by the weekend.

likepreposition, conjunction

uk /laɪk/ us /laɪk/

like preposition, conjunction (SIMILAR TO)

A2 similar to; in the same way or manner as:

He looks like his brother.
She's very much like her mother (= she is similar in appearance or character).
I've got a sweater just like that.
Her hair was so soft it was like silk.
You're acting like a complete idiot!
She sings like an angel!
Like I said (= as I have already said), I don't wear perfume.
Like most people (= as most people would), I'd prefer to have enough money not to work.
It feels/seems like (= it seems to me) ages since we last spoke.
There's nothing like a good cup of coffee (= it's better than anything)!

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like preposition, conjunction (AS IF)

B1 in a way that suggests:

It looks like I'm going to be in the office until late tonight.
It looks like rain (= I think it is going to rain).
It sounds to me like you ought to change jobs.
You look like you've just got out of bed!
not standard She acts like she's stupid!

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uk /laɪk/ us /laɪk/

like preposition (TYPICAL OF)

B2 typical or characteristic of:

That's just like Maisie to turn up half an hour late to her own party!
It's not like you to be so quiet - are you all right, my love?

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uk /laɪk/ us /laɪk/ informal


uk /laɪk/ us /laɪk/
the like of sb/sth; sb's/sth's like

also the likes of sb/sth a person, thing, or group similar in character or quality to the one mentioned:

Boxing hasn't seen the likes of Muhammad Ali since he retired.
He was a very great actor - we won't see his like again.
He described a superlative meal, the like of which he'd never eaten before.
They're competing with the likes of Microsoft.
and such like also and the like informal

and similar things:

There's a big sports hall for tennis and badminton and such like.
likes B2 [ plural ]

the things that someone enjoys:

The star lists his likes as "my new Porsche, my girlfriend, and staying up all night."
They can't expect me to accommodate all their silly little likes and dislikes.
not for the likes of sb also like informal

not for the type of people mentioned:

First-class travel is for rich people - it's not for the likes of us.

[ C ] (on a page on a social networking website) an act of showing that you think something is good by clicking a button:

My new profile picture got 100 likes.


uk /laɪk/ us /laɪk/



uk / -laɪk/ us / -laɪk/

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

“like” in American English

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us /lɑɪk/

like verb (ENJOY)

[ T ] to enjoy or approve of something or someone, or to prefer something a particular way:

I like your new haircut.
Do you like fish?
I like taking my time in the morning.
I like my music loud.

[ T ] Like can be used with "how" when asking for someone’s reaction to something:

How do you like my new shoes?

like verb (WANT)

[ I/T ] to want something:

[ T ] I’d like the chicken soup, please.
[ + to infinitive ] The commissioner would like to say thanks to everyone who’s helped.
[ T ] Would you like (= Do you want) something to drink?
Note: Used with "would" to ask for something or express something in a polite way.
noun [ U ] us /ˈlɑɪ·kɪŋ/

The dessert was a bit sweet for my liking.

likepreposition, conjunction

us /lɑɪk/

like preposition, conjunction (SIMILAR TO)

similar to; in the same way or manner as:

I’ve got a sweater just like yours.
Stop acting like a jerk!
She looks just like her father.
infmlLike I said (= As I already said), I’m not interested in buying insurance at the moment.

If you ask what something is like, you are asking someone to describe it or compare it to something:

What’s your new job like?
What does it taste like?

like preposition, conjunction (AS IF)

as if it will or was; in a way that suggests:

It looks like rain.
It sounds to me like you ought to change jobs.

likenoun [ U ]

us /lɑɪk/

someone similar to another person or something similar to another thing:

Planners unveiled designs for a multibillion-dollar cultural district whose like has never been seen before.


us /lɑɪk/

like preposition (WILLING TO)

willing to; in the mood for:

I don’t feel like going out tonight.

like preposition (TYPICAL OF)

typical or characteristic of; to be expected of:

It’s not like you to be so quiet – are you all right?

like preposition (SUCH AS)

such as; for example:

Alonzo is not the kind of guy who would do something like this.

likeadverb [ not gradable ]

us /lɑɪk/ not standard

like adverb [ not gradable ] (PAUSE)

used in conversation to emphasize what follows, or when you cannot express your exact meaning:

He’s, like, really friendly – someone you can talk to.
It was, like, getting pretty late but I didn’t want to go home yet.

Like is also used in conversation to introduce someone else’s words or your own words:

So I’m telling Patti about my class and she’s like, No way, and I’m like, It happened.

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