There are 2 definitions of unlike in English:


Syllabification: un·like
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈlīk


  • 1Different from; not similar to: they were unlike anything ever seen before a large house not unlike Mr. Shaw’s
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    • But still the mountain loomed over her and just in some way it was different and unlike anything she had seen.
    • For this house was different, unlike any I'd seen.
    • I lived there only briefly, but even as a child I knew that the attitude among the city's poor, black population was unlike anything I'd ever experienced.
    different from, dissimilar toin contrast to, as opposed to
  • 1.1In contrast to; differently from: unlike Helen, he was not superstitious
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    • It is performed with contrast agents that are not toxic to the kidneys, unlike conventional contrast arteriographic agents.
    • But he said some graduates still preferred working for Levett & Bailey because, unlike many contractors, it had a training programme.
    • There is even a legality attached to this aspect of what architects do: unlike a contractor, an architect cannot put a lien against a building if a client does not pay.
  • 1.2Uncharacteristic of (someone): he sounded irritable, which was unlike him
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    • It was, in short, unlike Inzamam's uncharacteristic foray, an entirely typical Jayasuriya innings, ending the day within touching distance of a magnificent century in a session.
    • It would not be unlike South Africa, so full of contradictions, to produce such an incongruous solution to the problems in agriculture being felt all around the emerging world.
    • Britney Spears will play an interesting role that is unlike herself during her guest appearance on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother.


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  • The word ‘difference’ can be a quality or condition of being different, an instance of unlikeness, a specific point that constitutes a difference, or a distinct mark.
  • You mean being and not being, and likeness and unlikeness, and same and different, and one and any other number they have.
  • IR theorists have largely failed to follow the English school injunction that history requires ‘the elucidation of the unlikeness between past and present’.


Middle English: perhaps originally an alteration of Old Norse úlíkr; compare with Old English ungelīc 'not of the same kind, not comparable'.


The use of unlike as a conjunction, as in she was behaving unlike she’d ever behaved before , is not considered standard English. It can be avoided by using as with a negative instead: she was behaving as she’d never behaved before .

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There are 2 definitions of unlike in English:


Syllabification: unlike Line breaks: un·like
Pronunciation: /ˈənˌlīk


  • 1 (be unliked) Be regarded with distaste or hostility; be unpopular: the article suggests that his character was unliked by many
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    • Being a jerk, he would most likely be unliked by his teammates, interrupting how the team itself functioned.
    • How you got away with being so unliked for years sure beats me.
    • Also, this is the first I've read anywhere about those two having attitude problems and that they are unliked by players.
  • 2 [with object] Withdraw one’s liking or approval of (a web page or posting on a social media website that one has previously liked): I cut about 300 of my 400 friends and unliked about 20-30 pages
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    • 1 in 3 social media users have stopped following or unliked a company or brand on a social network.
    • Facebook users can no longer unlike pages after hiding stories from those pages.
    • Why do people unlike you: are you annoying your audience?

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