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.

Primary Meanings of like

1.
adjn
having the same or similar characteristics
a similar kind
2.
vn
find enjoyable or agreeable
a kind of person
Full Definitions of like
1

adj having the same or similar characteristics

Synonyms:
alike, similar
Antonyms:
dissimilar, unalike
not alike or similar

adj 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
Antonyms:
different, dissimilar, unlike
marked by dissimilarity

adj 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
Antonyms:
unlike
not equal in amount
unequal
poorly balanced or matched in quantity or value or measure
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adj 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

n a similar kind

“"dogs, foxes, and the like", "we don't want the likes of you around here”
Synonyms:
the like, the likes of
Type of:
form, kind, sort, variety
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
2

v find enjoyable or agreeable

“I like jogging”
“She likes to read Russian novels”
Antonyms:
dislike
have or feel a dislike or distaste for
Types:
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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

v be fond of

“I like my nephews”

v prefer or wish to do something

“Would you like to come along to the movies?”
Synonyms:
care, wish
Types:
please
be the will of or have the will (to)
Type of:
desire, want
feel or have a desire for; want strongly

v want to have

“I'd like a beer now!”
Type of:
desire, want
feel or have a desire for; want strongly

v feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard

“How did you like the President's speech last night?”
Type of:
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be

n a kind of person

“We'll not see his like again”
Synonyms:
ilk
Type of:
form, kind, sort, variety
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

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