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unlike 1

Syllabification: un·like
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈlīk/


1Different from; not similar to: they were unlike anything ever seen before a large house not unlike Mr. Shaw’s
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  • But still the mountain loomed over her and just in some way it was different and unlike anything she had seen.
  • For this house was different, unlike any I'd seen.
  • I lived there only briefly, but even as a child I knew that the attitude among the city's poor, black population was unlike anything I'd ever experienced.
different from, dissimilar to
in contrast to, as opposed to
1.1In contrast to; differently from: unlike Helen, he was not superstitious
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  • It is performed with contrast agents that are not toxic to the kidneys, unlike conventional contrast arteriographic agents.
  • But he said some graduates still preferred working for Levett & Bailey because, unlike many contractors, it had a training programme.
  • There is even a legality attached to this aspect of what architects do: unlike a contractor, an architect cannot put a lien against a building if a client does not pay.
1.2Uncharacteristic of (someone): he sounded irritable, which was unlike him
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  • It was, in short, unlike Inzamam's uncharacteristic foray, an entirely typical Jayasuriya innings, ending the day within touching distance of a magnificent century in a session.
  • It would not be unlike South Africa, so full of contradictions, to produce such an incongruous solution to the problems in agriculture being felt all around the emerging world.
  • Britney Spears will play an interesting role that is unlike herself during her guest appearance on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother.


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1Dissimilar or different from each other: they seemed utterly unlike, despite being twins
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  • Squared Euclidean distances were utilized in order to maximize the dissimilarity of unlike clusters.
dissimilar, unalike, disparate, contrasting, antithetical, different, diverse, incongruous, heterogeneous, mismatched, divergent, at variance, varying, at odds
informal poles apart, like night and day, like apples and oranges
1.1 (unlike to/from) archaic Not like; different from: he was very unlike to any other man
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  • Ah! most unlike to what it was when planted by the Author of all good.


Middle English: perhaps originally an alteration of Old Norse úlíkr; compare with Old English ungelīc 'not of the same kind, not comparable'.


The use of unlike as a conjunction, as in she was behaving unlike she’d ever behaved before, is not considered standard English. It can be avoided by using as with a negative instead: she was behaving as she’d never behaved before.



Pronunciation: /ˌənˈlīknəs/
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  • The word ‘difference’ can be a quality or condition of being different, an instance of unlikeness, a specific point that constitutes a difference, or a distinct mark.
  • You mean being and not being, and likeness and unlikeness, and same and different, and one and any other number they have.
  • IR theorists have largely failed to follow the English school injunction that history requires ‘the elucidation of the unlikeness between past and present’.

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unlike 2 Syllabification: un·like
Pronunciation: /ˈənˌlīk/


1 (be unliked) Be regarded with distaste or hostility; be unpopular: the article suggests that his character was unliked by many
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  • Being a jerk, he would most likely be unliked by his teammates, interrupting how the team itself functioned.
  • How you got away with being so unliked for years sure beats me.
  • Also, this is the first I've read anywhere about those two having attitude problems and that they are unliked by players.
2 [with object] Withdraw one’s liking or approval of (a web page or posting on a social media website that one has previously liked): I cut about 300 of my 400 friends and unliked about 20-30 pages
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  • 1 in 3 social media users have stopped following or unliked a company or brand on a social network.
  • Facebook users can no longer unlike pages after hiding stories from those pages.
  • Why do people unlike you: are you annoying your audience?

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