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v. -liked, -lik•ing,
dislike not like
If you dislike someone or something, you find them unpleasant.
In conversation and in less formal writing, you don't normally use 'dislike'. Instead, you use a negative word with like.
You can say that someone dislikes doing something or doesn't like doing something.
You can also say that someone doesn't like to do something.
However, don't say that someone 'dislikes to do' something.
The verbs and expressions in the following list are all used to indicate how much someone likes or dislikes something. They are arranged from 'like most' to 'dislike most':
- adoreShe adored her parents and would do anything to please them.
- love, be crazy about, be mad about, be a great fan ofWe loved the food so much, especially the fish dishes.He's still crazy about both his work and his hobbies.She's not as mad about sport as I am.I am a great fan of rave music.
- like, be fond of, be keen onWhat music do you like best?She was especially fond of a little girl named Betsy.Both companies were keen on a merger.
- don't mindI hope you don't mind me calling in like this, without an appointment.
- dislikeWe don't serve liver often because so many people dislike it.
- hateShe hated hospitals and didn't like the idea of having an operation.
- abhor, can't bear, can't stand, detest, loatheHe was a man who abhorred violence and was deeply committed to reconciliation.I can't bear people who make judgements and label me.I can't stand that man and his arrogance.Jean detested being photographed.The two men loathe each other.
Past participle: disliked
|Noun||1.||dislike - an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group|
inclination, tendency, disposition - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
doghouse - an idiomatic term for being in disfavor; "in the doghouse"
reprobation - severe disapproval
|2.||dislike - a feeling of aversion or antipathy; "my dislike of him was instinctive"|
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
disinclination - that toward which you are inclined to feel dislike; "his disinclination for modesty is well known"
Anglophobia - dislike (or fear) of Britain and British customs
unfriendliness - dislike experienced as an absence of friendliness
disapproval - a feeling of disliking something or what someone is doing
contempt, despite, disdain, scorn - lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
disgust - strong feelings of dislike
creepy-crawlies - feelings of dislike and anxiety; "the cave gave me the creepy-crawlies"
scunner - a strong dislike; "they took a scunner against the United States"
technophobia - dislike for new technology
antagonism - an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
liking - a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment; "I've always had a liking for reading"; "she developed a liking for gin"
|Verb||1.||dislike - have or feel a dislike or distaste for; "I really dislike this salesman"|
resent - feel bitter or indignant about; "She resents being paid less than her co-workers"
detest, hate - dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards; "I hate Mexican food"; "She detests politicians"
like - find enjoyable or agreeable; "I like jogging"; "She likes to read Russian novels"
hate like, favour, esteem
hatred liking, delight, attraction, esteem, admiration, inclination
dislike of sb/sth → aversion pour qn/qch
to take a dislike to sb/sth → prendre qn/qch en grippe
to have a dislike for sb/sth → avoir de l'aversion pour qn/qch