Share this entry

Share this page

liken

Line breaks: liken
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪk(ə)n
 
/

Definition of liken in English:

verb

[with object] (liken someone/thing to)
Point out the resemblance of someone or something to: racism is likened to a contagious disease
More example sentences
  • The new NASA administrator, Michael Griffin, made a revealing comparison, likening the space shuttle to a clipper ship - i.e., a once brilliant but now completely outmoded technology.
  • The comparison might be very useful for likening a certain government to a Hitlerian menace.
  • He likened the fight to the struggle against apartheid and forging links with progressive countries and organisations to finally eradicate apartheid.
Synonyms
compare, equate, show the resemblance/similarity between, analogize, draw an analogy between, make an analogy of/between, draw a parallel between, parallel, correlate, match;
link, associate, make connections between, bracket together, think of together, regard as similar, set beside, mention in the same breath;
set side by side

Origin

Middle English: from like1 + -en1.

Words that rhyme with liken

CorsicanVatican

Definition of liken in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure