- 1Having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to: he used to have a car like mine they were like brothers she looked nothing like Audrey HepburnMore example sentences
- I also noticed he had a corduroy suit in his bag just like mine.
- He is like a brother to me and has got me through a lot and has always been there.
- The firework went off right above the car, it was like a bomb, and it frightened the life out of Declan.
- 1.1In the manner of; in the same way or to the same degree as: he was screaming like a bansheeMore example sentences
- She seems to be the only one who manages to keep him from screaming like a baby.
- If I ever see octopus again I will either collapse in a heap or scream like a maniac.
- Paul was trampled on by the home team and screamed like a pig.
- 1.2In a way appropriate to: students were angry at being treated like childrenMore example sentences
- Even France's old colony of Algeria treated him like a returning hero on his recent visit.
- We don't want to keep moving around all the time, but we have no choice and we are sick of being treated like animals.
- She is married and loves her husband but he treats her like a child because he is much older than she is.
- 1.3Such as one might expect from; characteristic of: just like you to put a damper on people’s enjoyment
- 1.4Used in questions to ask about the characteristics or nature of someone or something: what is it like to be a tuna fisherman? what’s she like?More example sentences
- As I sit looking at their photos, I cannot imagine what it must be like for their family.
- Those of you who wonder what it must be like to live with a writer, wonder no more.
- I cannot imagine what it must be like to see your best friend die in front of you.
- 2Used to draw attention to the nature of an action or event: I apologize for coming over unannounced like this why are you talking about me like that?More example sentences
- Why do we continue to treat teachers like this, when they have the most important job?
- It seems you have been through a lot with this person but that does not mean it gives him the right to treat you like this.
- The bill is the only thing I expect to ask for in a classy restaurant like this!
- 3Such as; for example: the cautionary vision of works like Animal Farm and 1984More example sentences
- How did it help you and your work, working with an established artist like Henry Moore?
- On Sunday the church services will focus on the work of agencies like World Vision.
- Players, particularly young ones like those at City, need to feel confident to perform.
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- 1In the same way that; as: people who change countries like they change clothesMore example sentences
- I didn't like the idea of it, but the guy was just doing his job, like I was doing mine.
- The French bounced back really well, like we expected them to as Six Nations champions.
- When he came in from Saints last season he possibly expected people around him to think like he did.
- 2As though; as if: I felt like I’d been kicked by a camelMore example sentences
- Well, it's not like anything exciting is happening today, is it?
- It's like all the bad qualities that some adults have are being copied by many kids.
- At times I had to slow down because the car made it feel like you were going slower than you actually were.
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- 1Used with reference to a person or thing of the same kind as another: the quotations could be arranged to put like with like I know him—him and his likeMore example sentences
- You probably know the fundamental law of all magnets: opposites attract and likes repel.
- The problem with league tables is they never compare like with like.
- How many wars does it take before he and his like learn that there are no winners in war, only losers?
- 1.1 (the like) A thing or things of the same kind (often used to express surprise or for emphasis): did you ever hear the like? a church interior the like of which he had never seen beforeMore example sentences
- This is not just a movie, it is a cinematic experience the likes of which I have never seen before.
- You are playing a new breed of football, the likes of which the country has never seen.
- Hong Kong developers haven't seen the likes of this rental market since 1997.
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- 1(Of a person or thing) having similar qualities or characteristics to another person or thing: I responded in like manner the grouping of children of like ability togetherMore example sentences
- The ICC statute itself suggests that the new court will not treat like cases in a like manner.
- The artist beamed and continued in like manner giving me enough copy for a small report.
- There were a number of matters of a like nature which went before the Federal Court.
- 1.1 [predic.] (Of a portrait or other image) having a faithful resemblance to the original: ‘Who painted the dog’s picture? It’s very like.’More example sentences
- Who painted the dog's picture? It -- it's very like.
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- 1 • informal Used in speech as a meaningless filler or to signify the speaker’s uncertainty about an expression just used: there was this funny smell—sort of dusty likeMore example sentences
- I just - you know, I just kind of like mind my own business.
- Ben Kweller and his band certainly did that alright - they like totally rocked, man.
- And then she said I was right! I was like so amazed!
- 2 • informal Used to convey a person’s reported attitude or feelings in the form of direct speech (whether or not representing an actual quotation): so she comes into the room and she’s like ‘Where is everybody?’More example sentences
- She's got her Nativity play coming up, and she's like, ’Mummy, I'm going to sing on the stage like you.’
- I'm trying to work, and this guy is looking over my shoulder and after a while I notice and I'm like, ‘What are you doing?’
- So I decided to go swimming with Peter, and we did for a little bit. Then he's like, ‘Do you want to see my car?’
and the like
- And similar things; et cetera: the preservation of endangered species in zoos, botanical gardens, and the likeMore example sentences
- I owe some of my initial successes to old friends at Oxford who put me in touch with publishers and the like.
- I've spent the entire day sorting and washing baby clothes and the like.
- The boot includes hooks for shopping bags and the like and the exterior is enhanced by alloy wheels.
- British • informal To a great degree: they would probably worry like anythingMore example sentences
- There's a green haze on the trees, and the snowdrops are blooming like anything.
- On one side there is a tremendous financial crunch and on the other the ministers are spending money like anything.
- We've got to fight like anything to recover the position that we had even in 1945.
(as) like as not
- Probably: she would be in bed by now, like as notMore example sentences
- That'll keep me busy tomorrow and, like as not, the day after that, too.
- I shall suffer some indigestion tomorrow like as not, and serve me right.
- Art supplies are available on the Internet, of course, and cheaper, like as not.
like enough (or most like)
- • archaic Probably: he’ll have lost a deal of blood, I dare say, and like enough he’s still losing itMore example sentences
- The result of the enterprise would most like have a different outcome.
like ——, like ——
- As —— is, so is ——: like father, like sonMore example sentences
- My research shows that it's pretty much a case of ‘like father, like son’ - kids learn how to deal with difficult situations from their parents.
- I hadn't expected her daughter to be taught to follow in her footsteps. Then again, like mother like daughter, hmm?
- • informal In this manner: the votive candles are arranged like soMore example sentences
- First spread the cream, and then place the preserves on top like so.
- Come here and turn around and put your arms up like so.
the likes of
- • informal Someone or something regarded as a type: she didn’t want to associate with the likes of meMore example sentences
- This is where you are likely to find the likes of Mick Jagger, Elton John and other superstars.
- The sound has been compared to the likes of Pavement, The Pixies and Talking Heads.
- There was a certain romance in crime when we felt that the likes of Michael Corleone were behind it all.
more like • informal
- Nearer to (a specified number or description) than one previously given: he believes the figure should be more like £10 millionMore example sentences
- A couple of fights will build my confidence up and the training will be more like five times a week.
- This would not be a case of losing valuable seconds to get to the fire but more like quite a few minutes.
- If you look at total jobs lost, it's more like 1.1 or 1.2 million.
- (more like it) Nearer to what is required or expected; more satisfactory: the sound of Mozart’s Horn Concerto filled the car and he relaxed—that was more like itMore example sentences
- French apple tart with cinnamon, that's more like it.
- Meanwhile, next door - this is more like it - The Proclaimers are about to get down to some heavy-duty havering.
- ‘That was more like it,’ he said, after making birdies at each of his last two holes.
of (a) like mind
- (Of a person) sharing the same opinions or tastes.More example sentences
- In most matters he and Black were of like mind, however.
- We seem to be of like mind when it comes to football and football matters.
- Both father and son share a passion for politics and strong beliefs in the importance of family values, although they have not always been of a like mind politically.
Middle English: from Old Norse líkr; related to alike.
In the sentence he’s behaving like he owns the place , like is a conjunction meaning ‘as if’, a usage regarded as incorrect in standard English. Although like has been used as a conjunction in this way since the 15th century by many respected writers, it is still frowned upon and considered unacceptable in formal English, where as if should be used instead.
- 1Find agreeable, enjoyable, or satisfactory: all his classmates liked him [with present participle]: people who don’t like reading books [with infinitive]: I like to be the centre of attentionMore example sentences
be fond of, be attached to, have a soft spot for, have a fondness for, have a liking for, have regard for, think well of, look on with favour, hold in esteem, admire, respect, esteem; be attracted to, fancy, find attractive, be keen on, be taken withenjoy, have a taste for, have a preference for, have a liking for, have a weakness for, be partial to, delight in, find/take pleasure in, be keen on, find agreeable, derive pleasure from, be pleased by, have a penchant for, have a passion for, derive satisfaction from, find enjoyable, take to, appreciate; love, adore, relish, savour, lap up, revel in• informal get a kick from/out of, have a thing about, be into, get off on, go for, be mad about/for, dig, groove on, get a charge from/out of, get a buzz from/out of, get a bang out of, be hooked on, go a bundle on
- He was one of those kids who was good looking, clever, good at sport and liked by everybody.
- I'm liking Craig Ferguson more and more as time goes by.
- One thing I particularly like about living here is that it's dead quiet at night.
- 1.1Indicate one’s liking or approval of (a web page or posting on a social media website) by means of a particular icon or link: more than 15,000 Facebook users had liked his page by Monday morningMore example sentences
- If you'd like to find out about my next endeavors, please 'like' me on Facebook.
- Here, too, you can hit a button to 'like' a Facebook update, favorite it on Twitter, retweet a tweet or email an item to others.
- It is not yet clear how much the Internet and social media can help push people to move beyond just 'following' and 'liking' things.
- 2Wish for; want: would you like a cup of coffee? [with infinitive]: I’d like to hire a car [with object and infinitive]: I’d like you to stayMore example sentences
- However, as I work flat out, it's difficult to find as much time as I'd like for this.
- He was very special to me and I would like for everybody to know what a wonderful man he was.
- I have nothing against Mick and would have liked him to stay on as manager until the end of the season.
- 2.1 (would like to do something) Used as a polite formula: we would like to apologize for the late running of this serviceMore example sentences
- Inquiries are ongoing and police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen this man.
- We would like to apologise to Mr Murphy for any distress that this failure has caused.
- I would like to thank all of the fans for the support and understanding they have shown.
- 2.2 (not like doing/to do something) Feel reluctant to do something: I don’t like leaving her on her own too longMore example sentences
- Democratic politicians may not like to admit this; yet it is an obvious truth.
- They may not like to acknowledge it, but they have reason to be grateful to winemakers in the new world.
- While she does not like to discuss it, they do regard themselves as a couple.
- 2.3Choose to have (something); prefer: how do you like your coffee?More example sentences
- I knew that she didn't drink coffee and that she liked her tea strong and sweet.
- Why do I care if my neighbour likes the guys instead of the girls?
- The violent action thriller starred Richard Roundtree as the superfly sleuth who likes his women hot, his villains iced and his coffee black.
- 2.4 [in questions] Feel about or regard (something): how would you like it if it happened to you?More example sentences
- Now just think about that, how would you like it if your daughter went out with someone you went to high school with?
- How would he like 140 lorries a day passing his house for at least five years?
- Neil, how would you like to come see a movie with me tomorrow?
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- 1The things one likes or prefers: a wide variety of likes, dislikes, tastes, and income levelsMore example sentences
- Explain anything the babysitter needs to know about your child, such as bedtime or feeding routines, ways to comfort and likes and dislikes.
- Before getting married, we didn't know each other's likes and dislikes, each other's desires to have or not have children, and each other's desires as to state of residency.
- Joanne, a dementia nurse, noticed that the most anxious and volatile of her charges became calm and happy when their individual likes and dislikes were noticed and respected.
- 1.1An instance of indicating one’s liking or approval of a web page or posting on a social media website: pages that rank well are likely to receive high numbers of likes because they are highly visible in the search enginesMore example sentences
- In its first year, the campaign garnered more than eighty million votes, got three and a half million likes on the company's Facebook page, and drew some sixty thousand Twitter followers.
- Within twelve minutes, it had accumulated sixty 'likes' (users who show approval by clicking on a heart).
- In less than 24 hours, the page attracted a slew of comments, promotional posters, videos and more than 12,000 "likes" from online activists.
if you like
- 1If it suits or pleases you: we could go riding if you likeMore example sentences
- Use low-fat dairy products if you like which still add flavour with just a minimum amount of fat.
- It's cordless, so you can then pick it up and bring it right to the table, if you like.
- You can feel sorry for me if you like but really it's not necessary.
- 2Used when expressing something in a new or tentative way: it’s a whole new branch of chemistry, a new science if you likeMore example sentences
- They're spending ten billion to not have to spend twenty billion, if you like.
- To understand showbiz you have to realise that there is a great snobbery, a pecking order if you like, and movies are at the top.
- Whatever the pub there is always one thing, good or bad, to set it apart - its own unique selling point if you like.
I like that!
- Used as an exclamation expressing affront.More example sentences
- Well I like that, gang up on me why don't you?
- ‘I like that,’ she said indignantly. ‘How utterly selfish of him.’
like it or not
- • informal Used to indicate that someone has no choice in a matter: you’re celebrating with us, like it or notMore example sentences
- Nobody likes change but things will change whether we like it or not.
- Whether we like it or not, the vast majority of children these days have mobile phones.
- The fact is that his decision will, like it or not, generate public interest.
not like the look (or sound) of
- Find worrying or alarming: I don’t like the look of that head injuryMore example sentences
- He didn't like the look of either of them, and from the glares both of them gave him it was obvious that the feeling was very mutual.
- ‘I don't like the sound of the plans,’ he said, ‘and I'm going to support those opposing the development.’
- But I don't like the sound of such totalitarian measures.
what's not to like?
- • informal Used as a rhetorical expression of approval or satisfaction: cleaner air, cooler temperatures and mountain views—what’s not to like?More example sentences
- He's tall, he's gorgeous, he's built, he's intelligent what's not to like?
- What's not to like about her? "
- Tall (enough), dark, handsome, what's not to like?
Old English līcian 'be pleasing', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lijken.