Definition of liking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪkɪŋ/


[usually in singular]
1A feeling of regard or fondness: she’d taken an instant liking to Arnie’s new girlfriend
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  • A liking for birds is an ineluctable aspect of being human.
  • I developed a liking for devotional songs of the Goddess from childhood.
  • Hong Kong people seem to have a liking for older candidates.
1.1 (a liking for) A taste for: Mrs Parsons had a liking for gin and tonic



for one's liking

To suit one’s taste or wishes: he is a little too showy for my liking
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  • The wings appeared to be charred but tasted all right for my liking.
  • I also ate one of Benedict's frog's legs which was a bit heavy on the cumin for my liking - unless that's what frog's legs taste of.
  • He gave the over all impression of someone who had tasted something much too sour for his liking.

to one's liking

To one’s taste; pleasing: his coffee was just to his liking
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  • Councillors are not above the law but must follow the rules like anyone else, even when the taste is not to their liking.
  • Mix ice cream, sour cream and whipped cream together and slowly add alcohol to taste, adjusting flavoring to your liking.
  • This last possibility also offers the happy side effect of probably ending Martin's career as Liberal leader, clearing the way for a visionary leader more to our liking.


Old English līcung (see like2, -ing1).

Words that rhyme with liking

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