- 1 1.1 (similar to) he was like a father to mefue como un padre para míI want a hat like this onequiero un sombrero como esteI heard a noise like (that of) a woman cryingme pareció oír a una mujer llorandothere was a sound like a distant explosionse oyó como una explosión a lo lejosshe's very like her motherse parece mucho or es muy parecida a su madrethat photo isn't like you at all!estás completamente distinta en esa fotoshe said she was 40, but 50's more like itdijo que tenía 40, pero más bien serían 50try this one — now, that's more like it!prueba con este — ah, esto ya es otra cosacome on, stop crying! blow your nose! that's more like it! what's the food like at the hotel?¿cómo or [colloquial] qué tal es la comida en el hotel?what's she like as a teacher?¿cómo or [colloquial] qué tal es como profesora?you know what she's like in the mornings!ya sabes cómo es por las mañanasshe's always like thatsiempre es asíher name's something like Georgina or Edwinase llama algo así como Georgina o Edwinait cost £20, or something like thatcostó 20 libras o algo así or o algo por el estiloI've never known anything like it! there's nothing like a nice cup of tea!no hay como una buena taza de té1.2 (typical of) that's not like her: she's normally so punctuales muy raro en ella porque suele ser muy puntualit's not like him to forget¡qué raro que se le haya olvidado!it's just like you to think of food¡típico! or ¡cuándo no! ¡tú pensando en comida!1.3 (as well as) he, like all his brothers, became a sailor
- 2 2.1 (indicating manner) like this/that hold it like this¡agárralo así!don't talk to me like that!¡no me hables así!2.2 (in same way as) don't treat me like a child!no me trates como a un niñoI love you like my own sonte quiero como si fueras mi hijo2.3 (in typical manner) like the gentleman he was, he opened the door for mecomo buen caballero, me abrió la puerta
- 1.1 (as if) she looks like she knows what she's doingparece que or da la impresión de que sabe lo que hacethey stared at him like he was crazyse quedaron mirándolo como si estuviera locoit sounds like they've already arrivedpor lo que se oye, parece que ya han llegado1.2 (as, in same way) you don't know him like I dotú no lo conoces como yoExample 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.
- (similar thing, person)the likejudges, lawyers and the likejueces, abogados y (otra) gente or (otras) personas por el estiloI've never seen/heard the like (of this)nunca he visto/oído cosa igualI doubt we shall ever see its/her like againdudo que volvamos a ver otro/otra igualhe doesn't mix with the likes of me/us [colloquial]no se codea con gente como yo/nosotrosExample 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.
- 2 (nearly)this film is nothing like as good as the firstesta película no es tan buena como la primera ni mucho menosif it's anything like as cold today …como haga el mismo frío hoy …have you finished? — nothing like¿has terminado? — ni mucho menos or nada de eso or (River Plate area) [colloquial] ni miraschampagne? sparkling wine, more like!¿champán? ¡dirás más bien vino espumante!
- 1 (enjoy, be fond of) I/we like tennisme/nos gusta el tenisI/we like applesme/nos gustan las manzanasmy sister doesn't like catsa mi hermana no le gustan los gatosdid you like the film?¿te gustó la película?I like youme gustasshe likes him, but she doesn't love himle resulta simpático pero no lo quiereshe likes them tallle gustan (los hombres) altosI'm not liked hereaquí no se me quiereI like that one betterme gusta más eseI like that one best
prefiero eseel que más me gusta es esehow do you like your egg?¿cómo quieres el huevo?I like my meat rareme gusta la carne poco hechahow do you like my dress?¿qué te parece mi vestido?how do you like that? he didn't even say thanks!
¿te gusta mi vestido?¡habráse visto! or ¡qué te parece! no dio ni las graciashow would you like an ice-cream?¿quieres or (in Spain also) te apetece un helado?how would you like it if someone did that to you?¿a que no te gustaría or a que no te haría gracia que te lo hicieran a ti?orchids like a damp climatelas orquídeas prefieren un clima húmedoI don't like the look of himno me gusta su aspecto or [colloquial] la pinta que tienewe didn't like the look of the placeno nos gustó el aspecto del lugarI don't like it (one little bit)esto no me gusta nadaI like it!(joke)
¡muy bueno!(suggestion)he wouldn't have liked it if he had lost
¡buena idea!no le hubiera hecho ninguna gracia perderI like that! [ironic]¡muy bonito! [irónico]I like his nerve! [ironic]
¡habráse visto!¡qué cara tiene!help yourself to as much as you like o all you likesírvete todo lo que quieras or (in Spain also) lo que te apetezcado as o what you likehaz lo que quieras or lo que te parezcato like
-ing/to + infinitiveI like dancingme gusta bailarshe likes to have breakfast before eightle gusta desayunar antes de las ochoI like to think I speak French quite wellyo creo que hablo bastante bien el francésI like to think of myself as fair-mindedme considero una persona justaI'd like to think he didn't do it on purposequiero creer que no lo hizo a propósitoshe didn't like to ask her parents for moneyno quiso pedirles dinero a sus padresI don't like to mention it, but …no quiero (tener que) decírtelo pero …to like somebody -ing/to + infinitiveshe likes everybody running around after herle gusta que todo el mundo ande alrededor de ellawe like him to write to us every so oftennos gusta que nos escriba de vez en cuandoExample sentences
- 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.
- 2(in requests, wishes)we would just like to say how grateful we are
quererqueríamos decirle lo agradecidos que estamoswould you like a cup of tea/me to help you?¿quieres una taza de té/que te ayude?I should like you to have itquerría or me gustaría que te lo quedarasI'd like two melons, please(me da) dos melones, por favorExample 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.
- (something liked)her/his likes and dislikessus preferencias or gustos
lo que le gusta y no le gustaExample 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.
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