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Definitions

  • "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"
    "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj like resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination "suits of like design","a limited circle of like minds","members of the cat family have like dispositions","as like as two peas in a pod","doglike devotion","a dreamlike quality"
    • adj like having the same or similar characteristics "all politicians are alike","they looked utterly alike","friends are generally alike in background and taste"
    • adj like equal in amount or value "like amounts","equivalent amounts","the same amount","gave one six blows and the other a like number","the same number"
    • adj like conforming in every respect "boxes with corresponding dimensions","the like period of the preceding year"
    • v like feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard "How did you like the President's speech last night?"
    • v like be fond of "I like my nephews"
    • v like find enjoyable or agreeable "I like jogging","She likes to read Russian novels"
    • v like prefer or wish to do something "Do you care to try this dish?","Would you like to come along to the movies?"
    • v like want to have "I'd like a beer now!"
    • n like a kind of person "We'll not see his like again","I can't tolerate people of his ilk"
    • n like a similar kind "dogs, foxes, and the like", "we don't want the likes of you around here"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Making a Number of Like Pieces from a Given Piece Making a Number of Like Pieces from a Given Piece
Dance, Like They Had Seen the People Dance at The Show 164 Dance, Like They Had Seen the People Dance at The Show 164
Wouldn't yer like ter 'ave one o' them things Wouldn't yer like ter 'ave one o' them things
"I hate to have you smoke, Ulaley—I hate to like a dog." "I hate to have you smoke, Ulaley—I hate to like a dog."
A LIFE LIKE THIS WOULD KILL ME A LIFE LIKE THIS WOULD KILL ME
SIT LIKE IMAGES ROUND THE PARAPET SIT LIKE IMAGES ROUND THE PARAPET
The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel
One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men are more likely to be colorblind than women. About one of out of 12 men are colorblind
    • Like A liking; a preference; inclination; -- usually in pl.; as, we all have likes and dislikes.
    • Like Equal, or nearly equal; as, fields of like extent. "More clergymen were impoverished by the late war than ever in the like space before."
    • Like Having probability; affording probability; probable; likely. "But it is like the jolly world about us will scoff at the paradox of these practices.""Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules."
    • Like Having the same, or nearly the same, appearance, qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar to; similar; alike; -- often with in and the particulars of the resemblance; as, they are like each other in features, complexion, and many traits of character. "'T is as like you
      As cherry is to cherry."
      "Like master, like man.""He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes."
    • Like In a like or similar manner. "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him."
    • Like In a manner like that of; in a manner similar to; as, do not act like him. "He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man."
    • Like Inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like taking a walk. "Had like to have been my utter overthrow.""Ramona had like to have said the literal truth, . . . but recollected herself in time."
    • Like Likely; probably. "Like enough it will."
    • Like That which is equal or similar to another; the counterpart; an exact resemblance; a copy. "He was a man, take him for all in all,
      I shall not look upon his like again."
    • Like (Golf) The stroke which equalizes the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side; as, to play the like .
    • Like To be pleased with in a moderate degree; to approve; to take satisfaction in; to enjoy. "He proceeded from looking to liking , and from liking to loving."
    • Like To be pleased; to choose. "He may either go or stay, as he best likes ."
    • Like To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly; as, he liked to have been too late. Cf. Had like, under Like a. "He probably got his death, as he liked to have done two years ago, by viewing the troops for the expedition from the wall of Kensington Garden."
    • Like To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition). "You like well, and bear your years very well."
    • Like To liken; to compare. "Bribes may be assembled to pitch.""Like me to the peasant boys of France."
    • Like To suit; to please; to be agreeable to. "Cornwall him liked best, therefore he chose there.""I willingly confess that it likes me much better when I find virtue in a fair lodging than when I am bound to seek it in an ill-favored creature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Termites are roasted and eaten like popcorn in South Africa
    • n like Body; form; the body of a human being or of any animal.
    • n like A dead body; a corpse.
    • like Of similar form, appearance, or quality; of corresponding kind, amount, extent, degree, etc.; corresponding; equal or equivalent; analogous; agreeing in some noticeable respect: as, territory of like extent; two men of like pursuits and tastes.
    • like Having resemblance; similar in any respect; resembling: followed by to or a dative case (sometimes by as), the word or phrase governed by to being, however, often omitted: as, they are as like (to each other) as two peas.
    • like Likely; liable.
    • like Synonyms Allied, cognate, analogous, parallel.
    • n like A person or thing resembling another; a counterpart; a resemblance; a similar character, condition, or example.
    • like In the same or a similar manner; equally; correspondingly.
    • like In the manner of; in the same way as.
    • like Likely; probably.
    • like As it were; so to speak: used after clauses or phrases with a signification similar to that of like suffixed to nouns. See like, adjective, 2.
    • like See fun.
    • like As; as if. This use is commonly condemned as incorrect, and is generally unacknowledged in dictionaries. It occurs several times in Shakspere, and not unfrequently in modern writers, and is common in colloquial and provincial usage: as, he limped like he had been hurt.
    • like To regard or describe as resembling; liken; compare.
    • like To please; be pleasing to; be agreeable to; suit; satisfy: used impersonally, and followed by an object, originally dative, of the person.
    • like To regard with favor; be well affected toward; be pleased with; take pleasure in.
    • like To agree with, as food or drink. Synonyms Like, Love; be fond of, relish, fancy. Like and love differ greatly in strength or warmth, and may differ in kind. Like may be feeble and cool, and it never has the intensity of love. We may like or even love a person; we only like the most palatable kind of food. With an infinitive, like is the common word, love being appropriate only in the hyperbole of poetical or rhetorical feeling.
    • like To be suitable or agreeable; give satisfaction.
    • like To be pleased or suited; choose: used absolutely, but formerly sometimes followed by of.
    • like To thrive; grow.
    • n like A liking; a fancy; an inclination: used chiefly in the phrase likes and dislikes.
    • like To be likely: chiefly or only in the preterit liked, equivalent to had like. See like, adjective
    • n like In golf, a stroke which equalizes the number played by the other side.
    • like As well as; as also.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Preys like buffalos react poorly to slow movements. That's why crocs can swim slowly over to them without them scuttering off.
    • adj Like līk equal in quantity, quality, or degree: similar: likely, probable
    • n Like the like thing or person: an exact resemblance: a liking
    • adv Like in the same manner: probably
    • conj Like as, as if
    • v.t Like (Shak.) to compare, liken
    • adv Like probably
    • v.t Like līk to be pleased with: to approve: to enjoy:
    • n Like a liking, chiefly in phrase 'likes and dislikes.'—adjs. Like′able, lovable: amiable
    • adj Like (B.) as in Good′-lik′ing, Well′-lik′ing, in good condition
    • v.t Like līk (obs.) to please
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Quotations

  • Aphra Behn
    Aphra Behn
    “There is no sinner like a young saint.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
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    “Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.”
  • Sir John Lubbock
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    “Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.”
  • Wilferd A. Peterson
    Wilferd A. Peterson
    “Happiness doesn't come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.”
  • Bertrand Russell
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    “Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.”
  • Clarence H. Hincks
    Clarence H. Hincks
    “Nothing succeeds like ones own successor.”

Idioms

Drink like a fish - If someone drinks like a fish, they drink far too much alcohol.
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Drop like flies - This means that something is disappearing very quickly. For example, if you said people were dropping like flies, it would mean that they were dying off, quitting or giving up something rapidly.
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Dropped like a hot cake - If something is dropped like a hot cake, it is rejected or disposed of very quickly.
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Eat like a bird - If someone eats like a bird, they eat very little.
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Eat like a horse - Someone who eats like a horse, eats a lot.
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Eat like a pig - If some eats like a pig, they either eat too much or they have bad table manners.
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Every ass likes to hear himself bray - This means that people like the sound of their own voice.
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Face like thunder - If someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
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Feel like a million - If you feel like a million, you are feeling very well (healthy) and happy.
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Fit like a glove - If something fits like a glove, it is suitable or the right size.
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Flat out like a lizard drinking - (AU) An Australian idiom meaning extremely busy, which is a word play which humorously mixes two meanings of the term flat out.
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Get on like a house on fire - If people get on like a house on fire, they have a very close and good relationship.
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Go down like a cup of cold sick - (UK) An idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.
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Go down like a lead balloon - (UK) If something goes down like a lead balloon, it fails or is extremely badly received.
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Go over like a lead balloon - (USA) If something goes over like a lead balloon, it will not work well, or go over well.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lik, ilik, gelic, AS. gelīc, fr. pref. ge-, + līc, body, and orig. meaning, having the same body, shape, or appearance, and hence, like; akin to OS. gilīk, D. gelijk, G. gleich, OHG. gilīh, Icel. līkr, glīkr, Dan. lig, Sw. lik, Goth. galeiks, OS. lik, body, D. lijk, G. leiche, Icel. līk, Sw. lik, Goth. leik,. The English adverbial ending-ly, is from the same adjective. Cf. Each Such Which
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. the verb meant 'to be pleasing,' and was used impersonally, as it 'likes me'—i.e. it pleases me, A.S. lícianlíc, like.

Usage

In literature:

She doesn't like to sit long at a time and doesn't like to tell too much.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Men seemed to him like puppets, landscapes like paintings on glass.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Anyhow, she never liked me, and I don't say that I liked her.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
He speaks like a pump, and talks like a bottle running water.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
He was becoming less like the General and more like the old dependent Braithwaite every second.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
He liked the climate, which he was sure would be just the thing for his daughter; and he liked the land.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
When I've got red hot needles eating into my toes, am I likely to like anything?
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
Some wondered that a man like Brodrick, solid, if you like, but after all, well, of no more than ordinary brilliance, should have gone so far.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Like maister, like man; like priest, like offering.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
She liked to talk to herself like that.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Anyhow, a girl like that, she'd naturally pick a man like Big Jack or Shand.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Eppleby does everything like he was company, an' not like he owned it.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
Nowadays all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Her raiment shone like the sun, and her serene countenance beamed with happiness like that of a mother rejoicing over her child.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I would like the burro, and you would like the price of him.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
To paint likenesses, like this, in miniature.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
It has entranced men like the Senator, and your chief; even men like Birmingham.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
You once said that you believed in the theory that 'like attracts like.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It was cousin-like, brother-like, friend-like, anything but lover-like.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
De jedge knowed Bandy Joe could dis'pear jus' like nothin', and he like to hear he quotation how he git out he skin.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

TOWARDS the sun, towards the south-west
A scorched breast.
A scorched breast, breasting the sun like an answer,
Like a retort.
"Eagle In New Mexico" by D H Lawrence
I so liked Spring last year
Because you were here;-
The thrushes too-
Because it was these you so liked to hear-
I so liked you.
"I So Liked Spring" by Charlotte Mary Mew
At last these two stout erles did meet,
Like captaines of great might;
Like lyons wood they layd on lode,
And made a cruell fight.
"The More Modern Ballad of Chevy Chace" by Anonymous British
Beneath them roll'd, like tempests black,
The num'rous sons of blood;
Like lions' whelps, roaring abroad,
Seeking their nightly food.
"Gwin King of Norway" by William Blake
Hither they come like flowers--
And I see her raiment glisten,
Like the robe of one of the hours
Where the stars to the angels listen.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
May we, Heav'n, this blessing giving,
Meet like thee with aid divine,
And like thee, in virtue living,
Death obtain as sweet as thine.
"On The Death Of A Poor But Excellent Man" by Thomas Noon Talfourd

In news:

It may seem like Anthony Bourdain simply appeared one day in the kitchens of New York City with a cleaver in one hand and a beer in the other, but the bad-boy chef has a birthday just like the rest of us—and it's today.
Here's another reason to like the ribbon: Starting with Word 2010, you can create our own custom ribbon tabs and populate them with any collection of commands you like.
Focus Features' drama centers around a like-father-like-son tale of two writers.
ORANGE — Is prayer a spiritual exercise where much like physical exercise, we expect some results for our efforts, or is it more like a business deal where we contract with God and walk away with our purchase.
Some leeches like it cool, but some like it hot.
The telecommunications company plans to disguise the towers it erects in cottage country to look like trees so they don't stick out like a sore thumb.
Maggie Neale, 69, retired: 'I liked the man running against Obama in '08, and I dont like the man whos running against him now.
In this day and age, the briefest jaunt through Facebook reveals significant portions of who this woman is: What she looks like, what parts of herself she likes to advertise.
If you liked Sharkwater, you'll like this book.
"What I would like fashion month to be like or what it's actually like".
Now, i'll admit, as a guy and a pretty well could care less what i look like one at that i don't really give a thought to what i look like most of the time.
When it comes to minor ailments like headaches and motion sickness, I don't really like to take medications.
You like sushi, you really like it.
If you liked The Hangover, you might also like the actor's new movie Due Date , both directed by Todd Phillips.
But if you like dumplings (and who doesn't like dumplings ?
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In science:

It is easy to generalize this also to other dimensions : the behavior of p ◦ p in the presence of space-like, time-like and light-like noncommutativity is always as in the cases 7), 8) and 9) discussed above (respectively).
On Theories With Light-Like Noncommutativity
T0 , shows a crossover from paraelectric-like to glass-like behavior in the quasistatic regime above Tf .
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics
Tf , a′ 3 (T , ω ) is practically independent of ω and its temperature dependence shows a crossover between paraelectric-like and glass-like behavior on approaching Tf from above.
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics
These diagrams contribute singularities in many time-like and space-like channels.
O'Mega & WHIZARD: Monte Carlo Event Generator Generation For Future Colliders
They then constructed three types of mass matrices, namely Dirac-like, Ma jorana-like and seesaw-like.
Comment on: Neutrino Mass Anarchy
Such chains are expected to be suitable for the stabilization of a vortex line and, moreover, they can reveal in their spectrum the presence of the vortex flow, like for a vibrating wire in a nanoscale Vinen-like experiment.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
In such cases, an orbit wanders randomly around some homoclinic-like manifolds (whiskers) and it looks like a random sequence of homoclinic-like orbits as shown in Fig. 5.
Random Wandering Around Homoclinic-like Manifolds in Symplectic Map Chain
For a universe satisfying the equation of state p = wρ, we have seen that EC behaves like a−nw , whereas EBH always goes like an−2 .
A Note on the Cardy-Verlinde Formula
Like random graphs, small world networks are characterized by short average distances between any two sites, and by a high degree of localness, much like in lattices.
Random Geometric Graphs
The main heuristic idea is simple: A vertex of high degree is more likely to be covered, a vertex of small degree is more likely to be uncovered [14, 17].
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
MAG-like gauges result when the Higgs fields are separated by an unbroken SU(2) symmetry, that is by a λ8 -like Higgs field.
A Generalized Maximal Abelian Gauge in SU(3) Lattice Gauge Theory
When the space-like isometry is non-compact the correspondence is between string theory on the maximally symmetric type IIB pp-wave in a coordinate system with the space-like isometry manifest and N = 4 SYM theory in the scaling limit (2.14).
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
The question that arises now is whether the sum of lognormal random variables behaves like a narrow or like a broad distribution.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
Therefore, T 0µ , which is usually considered as the local energy flux, is a time-like (or light-like) vector.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
The fraction of walks with a first kink at (m, 0) decreases like 2/3m ,while the number of the asymmetric sites increases like m.
The persistence length of two dimensional self avoiding random walks
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