lick

To lick is to taste or touch with the tongue. When your dog licks you, he's saying hello. Humans should opt for waving hello over licking.

Animal mothers lick their babies to clean them, and adult cats also groom themselves this way. People generally lick things to taste them: you might lick an ice cream cone or a lollipop, or lick salt off your arm after a day at the beach. Colloquially, to lick an opponent is to beat them at a game or fight. In jazz music, a lick is a short burst of music, or a solo.

Primary Meanings of lick

1.
vn
pass the tongue over
touching with the tongue
2.
vn
beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
(boxing) a blow with the fist
3.
v
find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
Full Definitions of lick
1

v pass the tongue over

“the dog licked her hand”
Synonyms:
lap
Types:
tongue
lick or explore with the tongue
Type of:
stroke
touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions

v take up with the tongue

“the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast”
Synonyms:
lap, lap up
Type of:
drink, imbibe
take in liquids

n touching with the tongue

Synonyms:
lap
Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them

n a salt deposit that animals regularly lick

Synonyms:
salt lick
Type of:
deposit, sediment
matter that has been deposited by some natural process
2

v beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

“We licked the other team on Sunday!”
Synonyms:
bat, clobber, cream, drub, thrash
flail, lam, thrash, thresh
give a thrashing to; beat hard
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

n (boxing) a blow with the fist

Synonyms:
biff, clout, poke, punch, slug
Types:
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counter, counterpunch, parry
a return punch (especially by a boxer)
KO punch, Sunday punch, haymaker, knockout punch
a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
hook
a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
jab
a quick short straight punch
rabbit punch
a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
sucker punch
an unexpected punch
roundhouse
a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
3

v find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

Synonyms:
figure out, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
Types:
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answer, resolve
understand the meaning of
riddle
explain a riddle
strike
arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
guess, infer
guess correctly; solve by guessing
answer
give the correct answer or solution to
break
find the solution or key to
tell
discern or comprehend
Type of:
understand
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

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