Definition of liken in English:


Syllabification: lik·en
Pronunciation: /ˈlīkən


[with object] (liken someone/something to)
Point out the resemblance of someone or something to: they likened the reigning emperor to a god
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.


Middle English: from like1 + -en1.

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