like

If you like your new shoes, you are glad you bought them. If you are like your mother, you are similar to her in more ways than you probably want to admit.

The meaning of like has to do with being similar: maybe you sound just like your sister when you answer the phone. Or, in giving an example, like is the go-to word to introduce it: "We enjoy sports like hockey." Like also can mean "enjoy" or "favor." We can see this in the word's origin, the Old English lician, meaning “be pleasing.” The speech pattern of saying "like" incessantly doesn't, like, mean anything.

Definitions of like
  1. adjective
    having the same or similar characteristics
    synonyms: alike, similar
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    Antonyms:
    dissimilar, unalike
    not alike or similar
  2. adjective
    resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination
    “suits of like design”
    “a limited circle of like minds”
    “members of the cat family have like dispositions”
    “as like as two peas in a pod”
    synonyms: similar
    like-minded
    of the same turn of mind
    look-alike
    resembling closely
    suchlike
    of the same kind
    same
    closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
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    Antonyms:
    different, dissimilar, unlike
    marked by dissimilarity
  3. adjective
    equal in amount or value
    like amounts”
    “gave one six blows and the other a like number”
    synonyms: same
    equal
    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
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    Antonyms:
    unlike
    not equal in amount
    unequal
    poorly balanced or matched in quantity or value or measure
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  4. adjective
    conforming in every respect
    “the like period of the preceding year”
    synonyms: comparable, corresponding
    same
    closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
  5. noun
    a similar kind
    “"dogs, foxes, and the like", "we don't want the likes of you around here”
    synonyms: the like, the likes of
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    type of:
    form, kind, sort, variety
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
  6. verb
    find enjoyable or agreeable
    “I like jogging”
    “She likes to read Russian novels”
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    Antonyms:
    dislike
    have or feel a dislike or distaste for
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    cotton
    take a liking to
    prefer
    like better; value more highly
    care for
    have a liking, fondness, or taste (for)
    enjoy, love
    get pleasure from
  7. verb
    be fond of
    “I like my nephews”
  8. verb
    prefer or wish to do something
    “Would you like to come along to the movies?”
    synonyms: care, wish
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    types:
    please
    be the will of or have the will (to)
    type of:
    desire, want
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
  9. verb
    want to have
    “I'd like a beer now!”
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    type of:
    desire, want
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
  10. verb
    feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard
    “How did you like the President's speech last night?”
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    type of:
    consider, reckon, regard, see, view
    deem to be
  11. noun
    a kind of person
    “We'll not see his like again”
    synonyms: ilk
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    type of:
    form, kind, sort, variety
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
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