verb[with object] (liken someone/thing to)
- Point out the resemblance of someone or something to: racism is likened to a contagious diseaseMore example sentences
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
- 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.