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like 1

v. liked, lik·ing, likes
1. To find pleasant or attractive; enjoy: Do you like ice cream? I like your style.
a. To want to have: I would like some coffee.
b. To prefer: How would you like your coffee—with sugar or without?
3. To feel about; regard: How do you like these new theater seats?
4. To believe or predict that (a certain competitor) will win a contest: Which team do you like in tonight's game?
5. To perform well under (a given condition) or using (a given feature): This car does not like cold weather. The engine does not like enriched fuel.
6. Archaic To be pleasing to.
1. To have an inclination or a preference: If you like, we can meet you there.
2. Scots To be pleased.
Something that is liked; a preference: made a list of his likes and dislikes.
like it or not
No matter how one might feel: Like it or not, we have to get up early tomorrow.

[Middle English liken, from Old English līcian, to please; see līk- in Indo-European roots.]

like 2

1. Possessing the characteristics of; resembling closely; similar to: Your house is like mine.
a. In the typical manner of: It's not like you to take offense.
b. In the same way as: lived like royalty.
3. Inclined or disposed to: felt like running away.
4. As if the probability exists for: looks like a bad year for farmers.
5. Such as; for example: saved things like old newspapers and pieces of string.
Possessing the same or almost the same characteristics; similar: on this and like occasions.
1. In the manner of being; as if. Used as an intensifier of action: worked like hell; ran like crazy.
2. Informal Probably; likely: Like as not she'll change her mind.
3. Nearly; approximately: The price is more like 1,000 dollars.
4. Nonstandard Used to provide emphasis or to focus attention on something: Let's like talk about this for a minute. It's like so crowded you can't move.
1. One similar to or like another. Used with the: was subject to coughs, asthma, and the like.
2. often likes Informal An equivalent or similar person or thing; an equal or match: I've never seen the likes of this before. We'll never see his like again.
conj. Usage Problem
1. In the same way that; as: To dance like she does requires great discipline.
2. As if: It looks like we'll finish on time.
be like Informal
To say or utter. Used chiefly in oral narration: And he's like, "Leave me alone!"
like so
In the manner indicated: You apply the paint like so.

[Middle English, from like, similar (from Old English gelīc Old Norse līkr) and from like, similarly (from Old English gelīce, from gelīc, similar); see līk- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: They don't make them like they used to. I remember it like it was yesterday. As these familiar examples show, like is often used as a conjunction meaning "as" or "as if," particularly in speech. While writers since Chaucer's time have used like as a conjunction, the usage today has a somewhat informal or conversational flavor. Language critics and writing handbooks have condemned the conjunctive use of like for more than a century, and in accordance with this tradition, like is usually edited out of more formal prose. This is easy enough to do, since as and as if stand as synonyms: Sales of new models rose as (not like) we expected them to. He ran as if (not like) his life depended on it. · Like is acceptable at all levels as a conjunction when used with verbs such as feel, look, seem, sound, and taste: It looks like we are in for a rough winter. Constructions in which the verb is not expressed, such as He took to politics like a duck to water, are also acceptable, especially since in these cases like can be viewed as a preposition. See Usage Notes at as1, together.
Our Living Language Along with be all and go, the construction combining be and like has become a common way of introducing quotations in informal conversation, especially among younger people: "So I'm like, 'Let's get out of here!'" As with go, this use of like can also announce a brief imitation of another person's behavior, often elaborated with facial expressions and gestures. It can also summarize a past attitude or reaction (instead of presenting direct speech). If a woman says "I'm like, 'Get lost buddy!'" she may or may not have used those actual words to tell the offending man off. In fact, she may not have said anything to him but instead may be summarizing her attitude at the time by stating what she might have said, had she chosen to speak. See Note at go1

like 3

 (līk) also liked (līkt)
aux.v. Chiefly Southern US
Used with a past infinitive or with to and a simple past form to indicate being just on the point of or coming near to having done something in the past: "I like to a split a gut laughin'." "It seemed as how nobody had thought about measurin' the width of the bridge's openin', and we like to didn't make it through" (Dictionary of American Regional English).

[Middle English liken, to compare, from like, similar; see like2.]
Our Living Language In certain Southern varieties of American English there are two grammatically distinct usages of the word like to mean "was on the verge of." In both, either like or liked is possible. In the first, the word is followed by a past infinitive: We like (or liked) to have drowned. The ancestor of this construction was probably the adjective like in the sense "likely, on the verge of," as in She's like to get married again. The adjective was reinterpreted by some speakers as a verb, and since like to and liked to are indistinguishable in normal speech, the past tense came to be marked on the following infinitive for clarity. From this developed a second way of expressing the same concept: the use of like to with a following finite past tense verb form, as in I like to died when I saw that. This construction appears odd at first because it ostensibly contains an ungrammatical infinitive, to died, but that is not the case at all. What has happened is that like to here has been reinterpreted as an adverb meaning almost. In fact, it is quite common to see the phrase spelled as a single word, in the pronunciation spelling liketa.


(prenominal) similar; resembling
1. similar to; similarly to; in the manner of: acting like a maniac; he's so like his father.
2. used correlatively to express similarity in certain proverbs: like mother, like daughter.
3. such as: there are lots of ways you might amuse yourself — like taking a long walk, for instance.
4. a dialect word for likely
5. not standard as it were: often used as a parenthetic filler: there was this policeman just staring at us, like.
6. be like … informal used to introduce direct speech or nonverbal communication: I was like, ‘You're kidding!’.
7. not standard as though; as if: you look like you've just seen a ghost.
8. in the same way as; in the same way that: she doesn't dance like you do.
9. the equal or counterpart of a person or thing, esp one respected or prized: compare like with like; her like will never be seen again.
10. the like similar things: dogs, foxes, and the like.
11. the likes of the like of people or things similar to (someone or something specified): we don't want the likes of you around here.
[shortened from Old English gelīc; compare Old Norse glīkr and līkr like]
Usage: The use of like to mean such as was formerly thought to be undesirable in formal writing, but has now become acceptable. It was also thought that as rather than like should be used to mean in the same way that, but now both as and like are acceptable: they hunt and catch fish as/like their ancestors used to. The use of look like and seem like before a clause, although very common, is thought by many people to be incorrect or non-standard: it looks as though he won't come (not it looks like he won't come)


1. (tr) to find (something) enjoyable or agreeable or find it enjoyable or agreeable (to do something): he likes boxing; he likes to hear music.
2. (tr) to be fond of
3. (tr) to prefer or wish (to do something): we would like you to go.
4. (tr) to feel towards; consider; regard: how did she like it?.
5. (intr) to feel disposed or inclined; choose; wish
6. (tr) archaic to please; agree with: it likes me not to go.
(usually plural) a favourable feeling, desire, preference, etc (esp in the phrase likes and dislikes)
[Old English līcian; related to Old Norse līka, Dutch lijken]



adj. (Poetic) lik•er, lik•est,
prep., adv., conj., n., interj. adj.
1. of the same form, appearance, kind, character, amount, etc.: I cannot remember a like instance.
2. corresponding or agreeing in general or in some noticeable respect; similar; analogous: drawing, painting, and like arts.
3. bearing resemblance.
4. Dial. likely.
5. similarly to; in the manner characteristic of: She works like a beaver.
6. resembling; similar to: Your necklace is like mine.
7. characteristic of: It would be like him to forget our appointment.
8. as if there is promise of; indicative of: It looks like rain.
9. disposed or inclined to (usu. prec. by feel): to feel like going to bed.
10. (used correlatively to indicate similarity through relationship): like father, like son.
11. (used to establish an intensifying, often facetious, comparison): ran like hell; sleeps like a log.
12. nearly; approximately: The house is more like 40 years old.
13. likely or probably: Like enough he'll come with us.
14. in the same way as; just as; as: It happened like you said it would.
15. as if: He acted like he was afraid.
16. Informal. (used esp. after forms ofbeto introduce reported speech or thought): She's like, "I don't believe it," and I'm like, "No, it's true!"
17. a similar or comparable person or thing, or persons or things; counterpart, match, or equal (usu. prec. by a possessive adjective or the): No one has seen her like in a long time.
18. kind; sort (usu. prec. by a possessive adjective): I despise toadies and their like.
19. the like, something of a similar nature: They grow oranges, lemons, and the like.
20. Informal. (used preceding a WH-word, an answer to a question, or other information in a sentence on which the speaker wishes to focus attention): Like, why didn't you write to me? The music was, like, really great.
1. like to or liked to, Nonstandard. was on the verge of or came close to (doing something): The poor kid like to froze.
2. the like or likes of, the equal of.
[1150–1200; Middle English lic, lik < Old Norse līkr, reduced form of glīkr; see alike]
lik′er, n.
usage: like 1 as a conjunction meaning “as, in the same way as” (Many shoppers study the food ads like brokers study market reports) or “as if” (It looks like it will rain) has been used for nearly 500 years and by many distinguished literary and intellectual figures. Since the mid-19th century there have been objections to these uses. Nevertheless, such uses are almost universal today in all but the most formal speech and writing, in which as, as if, and as though are more commonly used than like: The general accepted full responsibility for the incident, as any professional soldier would. Many of the bohemians lived as if (or as though) there were no tomorrow. The strong strictures against the use of like as a conjunction have resulted in the occasional hypercorrect use of as as a preposition where like is idiomatic: She looks as a sympathetic person. See also as.



v. liked, lik•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to take pleasure in; find agreeable or congenial to one's taste: to like opera.
2. to regard with favor; have a kindly or friendly feeling for (a person, group, etc.).
3. to wish or want: I'd like a piece of cake.
4. to feel inclined; wish: Stay if you like.
5. Archaic. to suit the tastes or wishes; please.
6. Usu., likes. the things a person likes.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English līcian, c. Old Saxon līkōn, Old High German līhhēn, Old Norse līka, Gothic leikan to please; akin to alike, like1]


a suffixal use of like 1 in the formation of adjectives: childlike.


- Comes from Germanic likam, "appearance, body, form"; the verb came from likojam, which, as like, originally meant "please."
See also related terms for please.


1. 'like'

If you like someone or something, you find them pleasant or attractive.

She's a nice girl, I like her.
Very few people liked the idea.

Be Careful!
Don't use a progressive form of like. Don't say, for example, 'I am liking peanuts'. Say 'I like peanuts'.

You can use like in front of an -ing form to say that you enjoy an activity.

I like reading.
I just don't like being in crowds.

You can add very much to emphasize how much you like someone or something, or how much you enjoy an activity.

I like him very much.
I like swimming very much.

Be Careful!
You must put very much after the object, not after like. Don't say, for example, 'I like very much swimming'.

If someone asks you if you like something, you can say 'Yes, I do.' Don't say 'Yes, I like.'

'Do you like walking?' – 'Yes I do, I love it.'

Be Careful!
Don't use 'like' immediately in front of a clause beginning with 'when' or 'if'. For example, don't say 'I like when I can go home early'. Say 'I like it when I can go home early'.

The guests don't like it when they can't use the pool.
I'd like it if we were friends again.
2. 'would like'

You say 'Would you like...?' when you are offering something to someone.

Would you like some coffee?

Be Careful!
Don't say 'Do you like some coffee?'

You say 'Would you like...' followed by a to-infinitive when you are inviting someone to do something.

Would you like to meet him?

Be Careful!
Don't use an -ing form after 'Would you like...'. Don't say, for example, 'Would you like meeting him?'

You can say 'I'd like...' when asking for something in a shop or café.

I'd like some apples, please.

You say 'I'd like you to...' when you are telling someone to do something in a fairly polite way.

I'd like you to tell them where I am.


asthe way
1. used as conjunctions

You can use like, as, or the way as conjunctions when you are comparing one person's behaviour or appearance to another's. In the clause which follows the conjunction, the verb is usually do.

For example, you can say 'He walked to work every day, like his father had done', 'He walked to work every day, as his father had done', or 'He walked to work every day, the way his father had done'.

I never behave like she does.
They were people who spoke and thought as he did.
Start lending things, the way people did in the war.
2. used as prepositions

Like and as can be prepositions, but their meaning is not usually the same. For example, if you do something like a particular kind of person, you do it the way that kind of person would do it, although you are not that kind of person.

We worked like slaves.

If you do something as a particular kind of person, you are that kind of person.

Over the summer she worked as a waitress.
I can only speak as a married man without children.



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':

  • adore
    She adored her parents and would do anything to please them.
  • love, be crazy about, be mad about, be a great fan of
    We 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 on
    What music do you like best?
    She was especially fond of a little girl named Betsy.
    Both companies were keen on a merger.
  • don't mind
    I hope you don't mind me calling in like this, without an appointment.
  • dislike
    We don't serve liver often because so many people dislike it.
  • hate
    She hated hospitals and didn't like the idea of having an operation.
  • abhor, can't bear, can't stand, detest, loathe
    He 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: liked
Gerund: liking

I like
you like
he/she/it likes
we like
you like
they like
I liked
you liked
he/she/it liked
we liked
you liked
they liked
Present Continuous
I am liking
you are liking
he/she/it is liking
we are liking
you are liking
they are liking
Present Perfect
I have liked
you have liked
he/she/it has liked
we have liked
you have liked
they have liked
Past Continuous
I was liking
you were liking
he/she/it was liking
we were liking
you were liking
they were liking
Past Perfect
I had liked
you had liked
he/she/it had liked
we had liked
you had liked
they had liked
I will like
you will like
he/she/it will like
we will like
you will like
they will like
Future Perfect
I will have liked
you will have liked
he/she/it will have liked
we will have liked
you will have liked
they will have liked
Future Continuous
I will be liking
you will be liking
he/she/it will be liking
we will be liking
you will be liking
they will be liking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been liking
you have been liking
he/she/it has been liking
we have been liking
you have been liking
they have been liking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been liking
you will have been liking
he/she/it will have been liking
we will have been liking
you will have been liking
they will have been liking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been liking
you had been liking
he/she/it had been liking
we had been liking
you had been liking
they had been liking
I would like
you would like
he/she/it would like
we would like
you would like
they would like
Past Conditional
I would have liked
you would have liked
he/she/it would have liked
we would have liked
you would have liked
they would have liked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a similar kind; "dogs, foxes, and the like", "we don't want the likes of you around here"
kind, sort, form, variety - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?" - a kind of person; "We'll not see his like again"; "I can't tolerate people of his ilk"
kind, sort, form, variety - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?" - prefer or wish to do something; "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"
please - be the will of or have the will (to); "he could do many things if he pleased"
desire, want - feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room" - find enjoyable or agreeable; "I like jogging"; "She likes to read Russian novels"
cotton - take a liking to; "cotton to something"
prefer - like better; value more highly; "Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"; "We prefer sleeping outside"
care for - have a liking, fondness, or taste (for)
love, enjoy - get pleasure from; "I love cooking"
dislike - have or feel a dislike or distaste for; "I really dislike this salesman" - be fond of; "I like my nephews" - feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard; "How did you like the President's speech last night?"
consider, regard, view, reckon, see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do" - want to have; "I'd like a beer now!"
desire, want - feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room" - 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"
same - closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree; "curtains the same color as the walls"; "two girls of the same age"; "mother and son have the same blue eyes"; "animals of the same species"; "the same rules as before"; "two boxes having the same dimensions"; "the same day next year"
unlike, dissimilar, different - marked by dissimilarity; "for twins they are very unlike"; "people are profoundly different" - 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"
equal - having the same quantity, value, or measure as another; "on equal terms"; "all men are equal before the law"
unlike - not equal in amount; "they distributed unlike (or unequal) sums to the various charities" - having the same or similar characteristics; "all politicians are alike"; "they looked utterly alike"; "friends are generally alike in background and taste" - conforming in every respect; "boxes with corresponding dimensions"; "the like period of the preceding year"
same - closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree; "curtains the same color as the walls"; "two girls of the same age"; "mother and son have the same blue eyes"; "animals of the same species"; "the same rules as before"; "two boxes having the same dimensions"; "the same day next year"


1. similar to, same as, allied to, equivalent to, parallel to, resembling, identical to, alike, corresponding to, comparable to, akin to, approximating, analogous to, cognate to She's a great friend; we are like sisters.
similar to different, contrasted, unlike, opposite, dissimilar, divergent
1. equal, equivalent, parallel, match, twin, counterpart We are dealing with an epidemic the like of which we have never seen.
equal opposite
"Like breeds like"


1. enjoy, love, adore (informal), delight in, go for, dig (slang), relish, savour, revel in, be fond of, be keen on, be partial to, have a preference for, have a weakness for He likes baseball.
enjoy hate, dislike, loathe, despise, detest, abominate
2. admire, approve of, appreciate, prize, take to, esteem, cherish, hold dear, take a shine to (informal), think well of I like the way this book is set out.
admire hate, dislike, loathe, despise, detest, abominate
3. wish, want, choose, prefer, desire, select, fancy, care, feel inclined Would you like to come back for coffee?
4. wish, regard, feel about, consider How would you like it if people followed you round all the time?
1. (usually plural) liking, favourite, preference, cup of tea (informal), predilection, partiality I know all her likes and dislikes, and her political viewpoints.

like 1

1. To receive pleasure from:
Informal: go for.
Slang: dig.
2. To find agreeable:
Chiefly British: conceit.
3. To have the desire or inclination to:
Idioms: have a mind, see fit.

like 2

Possessing the same or almost the same characteristics:
استمطعحبشَبيه، مَثيل، نَظيركَيْفَمثل
mít rádjakolíbit sejakýněco podobného
lidesomsynes omligesomlignende
e-î/e-n sem er jafngóîur/einseins ogeins, líkurlíkanjóta e-s
kaut kas līdzīgslīdzīgilīdzīgspatikt
alshouden vanzoalsleuk vindenlijkend op
niečo podobnéniekto podobný
hotetiimeti radkotpodoben
somtycka omtypgillahur
giốngnhư thế nàothích


1 [laɪk]
A. ADJ (frm) (= similar) → parecido, semejante
snakes, lizards and like creaturesserpientes fpl, lagartos mpl y criaturas fpl parecidas or semejantes
to be of like mindtener ideas afines
she and a group of friends of like mindella y un grupo de amigos con ideas afines
he was very intolerant towards people not of a like mindera muy intransigente con las personas que no le daban la razón
they are as like as two peas (in a pod)se parecen como dos gotas de agua
1. (= similar to) → como
what's he like?¿cómo es (él)?
you know what she's likeya la conoces, ya sabes cómo es
what's Spain like?¿cómo es España?
what's the weather like?¿qué tiempo hace?
a house like mineuna casa como la mía, una casa parecida a la mía
I found one like itencontré uno parecido or igual
she was like a sister to mefue (como) una hermana para mí
we heard a noise like someone sneezingnos pareció oír a alguien estornudar, oímos como un estornudo
I never saw anything like itnunca he visto cosa igual or semejante
what's he like as a teacher?¿qué tal es como profesor?
to be like sth/sbparecerse a algo/algn, ser parecido a algo/algn
you're so like your father (in looks, character) → te pareces mucho a tu padre, eres muy parecido a tu padre
this portrait is not like himen este retrato no parece él
it was more like a prison than a housese parecía más a una cárcel que a una casa
the figure is more like 300la cifra se acerca más bien a 300
why can't you be more like your sister?¿por qué no aprendes de tu hermana?
that's more like it!¡así está mejor!, ¡así me gusta!
there's nothing like real silkno hay nada como la seda natural
something like thatalgo así, algo por el estilo
I was thinking of giving her something like a dollpensaba en regalarle algo así como una muñeca, pensaba en regalarle una muñeca o algo por el estilo
they earn something like £50,000 a yearganan alrededor de 50.000 libras al año
people like that can't be trustedesa clase or ese tipo de gente no es de fiar
see also feel B3
see also look B4
see also smell C1
see also sound 1 C2.1
see also taste C
2. (= typical of) it's not like him to do thatno es propio de él hacer eso
isn't it just like him!¡no cambia!, ¡eso es típico de él!
(it's) just like you to grab the last cake!¡qué típico que tomes or (Sp) cojas tú el último pastelito!
3. (= similarly to) → como
he thinks like uspiensa como nosotros
like me, he is fond of Brahmsigual que a mí, le gusta Brahms
she behaved like an idiotse comportó como una idiota
just like anybody elseigual que cualquier otro
like this/thatasí
it wasn't like thatno fue así, no ocurrió así
I'm sorry to intrude on you like thissiento importunarte de este modo
stop pacing like thatdeja de dar vueltas
he got up and left, just like thatse levantó y se marchó, así, sin más
like father like sonde tal palo tal astilla
see also anything 5
see also crazy A1
see also hell A2
see also mad A1.2
4. (= such as) → como
large cities like New Yorklas grandes urbes como Nueva York
the basic necessities of life, like food and drinklas necesidades básicas de la vida, como la comida y la bebida
1. (= comparable)
on company advice, well, orders, more likesiguiendo los consejos de la empresa, bueno, más bien sus órdenes
it's nothing like as hot as it was yesterdayno hace tanto calor como ayer, ni mucho menos
£500 will be nothing like enough500 libras no serán suficientes, ni mucho menos
2. (= likely)
(as) like as not they'll be down the pub (as) like as notlo más probable es que estén en el bar
1. (= as) → como
like we used to (do)como solíamos (hacer)
do it like I dohazlo como yo
it's just like I sayes como yo digo
to tell it like it isdecir las cosas como son
2. (= as if) → como si
he behaved like he was afraidse comportaba como si tuviera miedo
you look like you've seen a ghostparece que acabas de ver un fantasma
E. N we shall not see his like again (frm, liter) → no volveremos a ver otro igual
the exchange was done on a like-for-like basisel intercambio se hizo basándose en dos cosas parecidas
did you ever see the like (of it)?¿has visto cosa igual?
I've no time for the likes of himno soporto a la gente como él
sparrows, starlings and the like or and such likegorriones, estorninos y otras aves por el estilo
to compare like with likecomparar dos cosas semejantes
like attracts likeDios los cría y ellos se juntan


2 [laɪk]
1. (= find pleasant) I like dancing/footballme gusta bailar/el fútbol
I like bright coloursme gustan los colores vivos
which do you like best?¿cuál es el que más te gusta?
your father won't like itesto no le va a gustar a tu padre
I like oysters but they don't like meme gustan las ostras pero no me sientan muy bien
we like it herenos gusta este sitio
I like himme cae bien or simpático
I don't like him at allme resulta antipático, no me cae nada bien
I've come to like himle he llegado a tomar or (Sp) coger cariño
don't you like me just a little bit?¿no me quieres un poquitín?
you know he likes you very muchsabes que te tiene mucho cariño or que te quiere mucho
I don't think they like each othercreo que no se caen bien
I don't like the look of himno me gusta su aspecto, no me gusta la pinta que tiene
I like your nerve!¡qué frescura!, ¡qué cara tienes!
well, I like that!¡será posible!, ¡habráse visto!
she is well liked hereaquí se la quiere mucho
2. (= feel about) how do you like Cadiz?¿qué te parece Cádiz?
how do you like it here?¿qué te parece este sitio?
how would you like to go to the cinema?¿te apetece or (LAm) se te antoja ir al cine?
how would you like it if somebody did the same to you?¿cómo te sentirías si alguien te hiciera lo mismo?
how do you like that! I've been here five years and he doesn't know my name¡qué te parece!, llevo cinco años trabajando aquí y no sabe ni cómo me llamo
3. (= have a preference for) I like my whisky neatme gusta el whisky solo
this plant doesn't like sunlighta esta planta no le gusta la luz
I like to know the facts before I form opinionsme gusta conocer los hechos antes de formarme una opinión
I like to be obeyedme gusta que me obedezcan
she likes him to be home by tenle gusta que esté en casa antes de las diez
I like to think I'm not prejudicedcreo que no tengo prejuicios
I like to think of myself as a humanitarianme considero una persona humanitaria
4. (= want) I didn't like to say nono quise decir que no; (because embarrassed) → me dio vergüenza decir que no
take as much as you liketoma or coge todo lo que quieras
he thinks he can do as he likescree que puede hacer lo que quiera, cree que puede hacer lo que le de la gana
whether he likes it or notle guste o no (le guste), quiera o no (quiera)
whenever you likecuando quieras
would/should like
5.1. (specific request, offer, desire) would you like a drink?¿quieres tomar algo?
I'd like you to do itquiero que lo hagas
would you like me to wait?¿quiere que espere?
I'd or I would or > I should like an explanation (frm) → quisiera una explicación, me gustaría que me dieran una explicación
I'd like to think we're still friendsquisiera creer que todavía somos amigos
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you allquisiera aprovechar esta oportunidad para darles las gracias a todos
I'd like the roast chicken, please(me trae) el pollo asado, por favor
I'd like three pounds of tomatoes, please(me da) tres libras de tomates, por favor
5.2. (wishes, preferences) I'd like a bigger flatme gustaría tener un piso más grande
he'd like to have met herle hubiera gustado conocerla
I should like to have been there; I should have liked to be there (frm) → me hubiera gustado estar allí
B. VIquerer
as you likecomo quieras
"shall we go now?" - "if you like"-¿nos vamos ya? -si quieres
C. N likesgustos mpl
likes and dislikesaficiones fpl y fobias or manías, cosas fpl que gustan y cosas que no
he has distinct likes and dislikes where food is concernedcon respecto a la comida tiene claras preferencias or sabe muy bien lo que le gusta y lo que no (le gusta)


"Gustar" better avoided
 While gustar is one of the main ways of translating like, its use is not always appropriate. Used to refer to people, it may imply sexual attraction. Instead, use expressions like caer bien or parecer/resultar simpático/agradable. These expressions work like gustar and need an indirect object:
I like Francis very much Francis me cae muy bien or me parece muy simpático or agradable She likes me, but that's all (A ella) le caigo bien, pero nada más
Like + verb
 Translate to like doing sth and to like to do sth using gustar + ((INFINITIVE)):
Doctors don't like having to go out to visit patients at night A los médicos no les gusta tener que salir a visitar pacientes por la noche My brother likes to rest after lunch A mi hermano le gusta descansar después de comer
 Translate to like sb doing sth and to like sb to do sth using gustar + que + ((SUBJUNCTIVE)):
My wife likes me to do the shopping A mi mujer le gusta que haga la compra I don't like Irene living so far away No me gusta que Irene viva tan lejos
"How do you like...?"
 Use qué + parecer to translate how do/did you like when asking someone's opinion:
How do you like this coat? ¿Qué te parece este abrigo? How did you like the concert? ¿Qué te ha parecido el concierto?
 But use cómo + gustar when using how do you like more literally:
How do you like your steak? ¿Cómo le gusta la carne?
Would like
 When translating would like, use querer with requests and offers and gustar to talk about preferences and wishes:
Would you like a glass of water? ¿Quiere un vaso de agua? What would you like me to do about the tickets? ¿Qué quieres que haga respecto a los billetes? I'd very much like to go to Spain this summer Me gustaría mucho ir a España este verano
NOTE Literal translations of I'd like are better avoided when making requests in shops and restaurants. Use expressions like the following:
I'd like steak and chips ¿Me pone un filete con patatas fritas?, (Yo) quiero un filete con patatas fritas


[+ person] (= be well disposed to) → aimer bien
I like Paul, but I don't want to go out with him → J'aime bien Paul, mais je ne veux pas sortir avec lui.
I can't think why Grace doesn't like me
BUT Je ne comprends pas pourquoi Grace ne m'aime pas.
I didn't realise she liked him
BUT Je ne me suis pas rendu compte qu'il lui plaisait.
[+ thing, activity] → aimer
I don't like mustard → Je n'aime pas la moutarde.
That's one of the things I like about you → C'est l'une des choses que j'aime chez toi., C'est l'une des choses qui me plaisent chez toi.
I like the way you ... → j'aime bien la façon dont tu ...
I've been looking at the cookery book. I like the way it is set out → J'ai regardé le livre de cuisine. J'aime bien la façon dont c'est mis en page.
to like doing sth → aimer faire qch
I like riding → J'aime monter à cheval.
to like to do sth → aimer faire qch
I like to go to bed early during the week → J'aime me coucher tôt en semaine.
not to like sb doing sth → ne pas aimer que qn fasse qch
She doesn't like him working so hard → Elle n'aime pas qu'il travaille si dur.
His wife didn't like him drinking so much → Sa femme n'aimait pas qu'il boive tant.
like it or not → que cela nous plaise ou non
(= want) I'd like ..., I would like ... → je voudrais ...
I'd like an orange juice, please → Je voudrais un jus d'orange, s'il vous plaît.
would you like ... → voulez-vous ...
Would you like some coffee? → Voulez-vous du café?
Would you like a coffee? → Voulez-vous un café?
Here's your change. Would you like a bag? → Voici votre monnaie. Voulez-vous un sac?
I'd like to ... → j'aimerais ...
I'd like to go to Russia one day → J'aimerais aller en Russie un jour.
I'd like to wash my hands → J'aimerais me laver les mains.
If you don't mind, I'd like to go home → Si cela ne vous fait rien, j'aimerais rentrer.
Would you like to go for a walk? → Voulez-vous aller faire une promenade?
(= wish) → vouloir
if you like (= if you prefer) → si vous voulez (or si tu veux)
You can stay here if you like → Vous pouvez rester ici si vous voulez.
You can have whatever you like → Vous pouvez avoir tout ce que vous voulez. (= if you want to put it that way)
This is more like a down payment, or a deposit, if you like → Il s'agit plus d'un acompte, ou d'une caution, si vous voulez.
(= similar to) → comme
a city like Paris → une ville comme Paris
It's a bit like salmon → C'est un peu comme du saumon.
a house like ours → une maison comme la nôtre
I was trembling like a leaf → Je tremblais comme une feuille.
to act or behave like ...
He was acting like an idiot → Il se comportait comme un imbécile.
there's nothing like ... (= nothing as good as) → rien de tel que ...
There's nothing like candlelight for creating a romantic mood → Rien de tel que la lumière des bougies pour créer une ambiance romantique.
like father, like son → tel père, tel fils
something like (= about) → quelque chose comme
They get something like £30,000 a year → Ils perçoivent quelque chose comme 30 000 livres par an.
like that → comme ça
It's fine like that → C'est bien comme ça.
something like that → quelque chose comme ça
like this → comme ça
Do it like this → Faites-le comme ça.
like so → comme ça
that's more like it! (= better) → voilà qui est mieux!
to look like sb/sth → ressembler à qn/qch
You look like my brother → Tu ressembles à mon frère.
a computer that looks like a pocket calculator → un ordinateur qui ressemble à une calculette
He looks like Father Christmas → Il ressemble au père Noël.
to taste like sth → avoir le goût de qch
It tastes a bit like a peach → Ça a un peu le goût de pêche.
to be like sb/sth (= look like) → être comme qn/qch
The lake was like a bright blue mirror → Le lac était comme un étincelant miroir bleu. (= be similar to) → être comme qn/qch
Kathy is a great mate, we are like sisters → Kathy est une grande copine, on est comme des sœurs elle et moi.
It's a bit like going to the dentist; it's never as bad as you fear → C'est un peu comme aller chez le dentiste: ce n'est jamais aussi dur qu'on le craint.
to be just like sb (= typical of) → être bien de qn
That's just like him → C'est bien de lui.
You should have told us. But it's just like you not to share → Tu aurais pu nous le dire. Mais c'est bien toi de ne rien partager.
(in questions)
What's the weather like? → Quel temps fait-il?
What's he like? → Comment est-il?
What does she look like? → Elle est comment?
What was Bulgaria like? → C'était comment la Bulgarie?
What does it look like? → Ça ressemble à quoi?
What does it taste like? → Quel goût ça a?
(= very much) like anything → comme c'est pas possible
like mad → comme un fou
He's working like mad at the moment → Il travaille comme un fou en ce moment.
adj (= similar) → similaire
to compare like with like (= similar things) → comparer des éléments comparables
and the like (= and similar things) → et autres
the like(s) of which
an epidemic the likes of which has never been seen → une épidémie comme on n'en a jamais vu
advances the like of which we previously only dreamed of → des avancées dont on ne pouvait que rêver auparavant
(= similar people) (pejorative) he and his like → lui et ses semblables
she and her like → elle et ses semblables likes
his likes and dislikes → ses goûts et dégoûts
as like as not, like as not (= very probably) → très probablement


(= similar)ähnlich; the two boys are very likedie beiden Jungen sind sich (dat)sehr ähnlich
(= same) of like origingleicher Herkunft
prepwie; to be like somebodyjdm ähnlich sein; they are very like each othersie sind sich (dat)sehr ähnlich; to look like somebodyjdm ähnlich sehen; who(m) is he like?wem sieht er ähnlich?, wem gleicht er?; what’s he like?wie ist er?; he’s just bought a new car - what is it like?er hat sich gerade ein neues Auto gekauft - wie sieht es aus?; what’s your new coat like?wie sieht dein neuer Mantel aus?; she was like a sister to mesie war wie eine Schwester zu mir; that’s just like him!das sieht ihm ähnlich!, das ist typisch!; it’s not like himes ist nicht seine Art; I never saw anything like itso (et)was habe ich noch nie gesehen; that’s just like a woman!typisch Frau!; that’s more like it!so ist es schon besser!; it’s on company advice - orders, more like (inf)es ist auf Anraten der Firma - besser gesagt auf Anordnung; that hat’s nothing like as nice as this oneder Hut ist bei Weitem nicht so hübsch wie dieser; there’s nothing like a nice cup of tea!es geht nichts über eine schöne Tasse Tee!; there’s nothing like itdas ist einmalig; is this what you had in mind? — it’s something/nothing like ithattest du dir so etwas vorgestellt? — ja, so ähnlich/nein, überhaupt nicht; that’s something like a steak!das ist vielleicht ein Steak!, das nenne ich ein Steak!; the Americans are like thatso sind die Amerikaner; people like thatsolche Leute; a car like thatso ein Auto, ein solches Auto; I found one like itich habe ein Ähnliches gefunden; one exactly like iteines, das genau gleich ist; it will cost something like £10es wird etwa or so ungefähr £ 10 kosten; I was thinking of something like a dollich habe an so etwas wie eine Puppe gedacht; that sounds like a good ideadas hört sich gut an; like a manwie ein Mann; like mad (Brit inf) like anything (inf)wie verrückt (inf)or wild (inf); like thatso; it wasn’t like that at allso wars doch gar nicht; he thinks like user denkt wie wir; A, like B, thinks that …A wie (auch) B meinen, dass …
adv (inf) it’s nothing likees ist nichts dergleichen; (as) like as not, very like, like enoughhöchstwahrscheinlich, sehr wahrscheinlich; I found this money, like (dial)ich hab da das Geld gefunden, nich (sl)or wa (dial)or gell (S Ger)
conj (strictly incorrect) like I saidwie ich schon sagte, wie gesagt; it’s just like I saydas sage ich ja immer; like we used to (do)wie früher; do it like I domach es so wie ich
n (= equal etc) we shall not see his like againeinen Mann or so etwas (inf)wie ihn bekommen wir nicht wieder; did you ever see the like? (inf)hast du so was schon gesehen?; and the like, and such likeund dergleichen; the like(s) of whichdergleichen; I’ve met the likes of you beforesolche wie dich kenne ich schon; I’ve no time for the likes of him (inf)mit solchen Leuten gebe ich mich nicht ab (inf); like attracts likeGleich und Gleich gesellt sich gern (prov)


n usu pl (= taste)Geschmack m; she tried to find out his likes and dislikessie wollte herausbekommen, was er mochte und was nicht; when it comes to food he has far too many likes and dislikesbeim Essen ist er viel zu wählerisch
personmögen, gernhaben; don’t you like me a little bit?magst du mich nicht ein kleines bisschen?; how do you like him?wie gefällt er dir?; I don’t like himich kann ihn nicht leiden, ich mag ihn nicht; he is well liked hereer ist hier sehr beliebt
(= find pleasure in) I like black shoesich mag schwarze Schuhe, mir gefallen schwarze Schuhe; I like itdas gefällt mir; I like chocolateich mag Schokolade, ich esse gern Schokolade; I like football (= playing)ich spiele gerne Fußball; (= watching)ich finde Fußball gut; I like dancingich tanze gern; I like this translationich finde diese Übersetzung gut; we like it herees gefällt uns hier; that’s one of the things I like about youdas ist eines der Dinge, die ich an dir mag; how do you like your coffee?wie trinken Sie Ihren Kaffee?; I like wine but wine doesn’t like me (inf)ich trinke gern Wein, aber er bekommt mir nicht; how do you like Cádiz?wie gefällt Ihnen Cádiz?; how would you like to go for a walk?was hältst du von einem Spaziergang?; how would you like a black eye?du willst dir wohl ein blaues Auge holen!; your father won’t like itdeinem Vater wird das nicht gefallen; well, I like that! (inf)das ist ein starkes Stück! (inf); (well) how do you like that? (inf)wie findest du denn das? (inf)
(= wish, wish for) I’d like an explanationich hätte gerne eine Erklärung; I should like more timeich würde mir gerne noch etwas Zeit lassen; they would have liked to comesie wären gern gekommen; I should like to know whyich wüsste (gerne), warum; I should like you to do itich möchte, dass du es tust; I like to be obeyedich erwarte Gehorsam; whether he likes it or notob es ihm passt oder nicht, ob er will oder nicht; I didn’t like to disturb himich wollte ihn nicht stören; what would you like?was hätten or möchten Sie gern?, was darf es sein?; would you like a drink?möchten Sie etwas trinken?; would you like to go to Seville?würden Sie gern nach Sevilla fahren?; I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Dr Allanich möchte diese Gelegenheit ergreifen, um Dr. Allan willkommen zu heißen
vi he is free to act as he likeses steht ihm frei, zu tun, was er will; as you likewie Sie wollen; if you likewenn Sie wollen


1 [laɪk]
1. prep
a. (similar to) → come, uguale a; (in comparisons) → come
to be like sb/sth → essere come qn/qc
they are very like each other → si somigliano molto
a house like mine → una casa come la mia
people like that → tipi del genere
what's he like? → che tipo è?, com'è?
what's the weather like? → che tempo fa?
this portrait is not like him → questo ritratto non gli somiglia affatto
he thinks like us → la pensa come noi
she behaved like an idiot → si è comportata come una or da cretina
that's just like him → è proprio da lui
it's not like him to do that → non è da lui fare così, non è tipo da fare cose del genere
I never saw anything like it → non ho mai visto una cosa simile, non ho mai visto niente di simile
that's more like it (fam) → così va meglio
that's nothing like it → non ha niente a che vedere con quello
something like that → qualcosa del genere
don't talk like that → non parlare così
there's nothing like a holiday → non c'è niente di meglio di una vacanza
it happened like this ... → è andata così...
like father like son → tale padre tale figlio
we ran like mad (fam) → abbiamo fatto una corsa pazzesca
it rained like mad (fam) → ha piovuto a dirotto
I feel like a drink → avrei voglia di bere qualcosa, berrei volentieri qualcosa
it looks like a diamond → sembra un diamante
b. (such as) → come
2. adjsimile, uguale
in like cases → in casi simili or analoghi
rabbits, mice and like creatures → conigli, topi e animali simili
to be as like as two peas (in a pod) → essere come due gocce d'acqua
3. adv it's nothing like as hot as it wasnon fa più così caldo come faceva prima
as like as not → (molto) probabilmente
4. conj (as) → come
like we used to (do) → come facevamo una volta
5. n we shall not see his like againnon ci sarà mai più uno come lui
did you ever see the like (of it)? → hai mai visto niente del genere?
the like of which I never saw → come non ne avevo mai visti
sparrows, blackbirds and the like → passeri, merli e altri uccelli simili
the likes of him (fam) (pej) → quelli come lui


2 [laɪk]
1. vt
a. I like swimming/that book/chocolatemi piace nuotare/quel libro/il cioccolato
I like hats → mi piacciono i cappelli
I like her → mi piace
which do you like best? → quale preferisci?
well, I like that! (fam) (hum) → questa sì che è bella!
b. (want) → desiderare, volere
I would like, I'd like → mi piacerebbe, vorrei
would you like a coffee? → vuole un caffè?, gradirebbe un caffè?
I would like more time → vorrei or mi piacerebbe avere più tempo
I should like to know why → vorrei or mi piacerebbe sapere perché
would you like me to wait outside? → vuoi or desideri che aspetti fuori?
I didn't like to (do it) → non volevo (farlo)
as you like → come vuoi
if you like → se vuoi
whenever you like → quando vuoi
2. likes nplgusti mpl, preferenze fpl
his likes and dislikes → i suoi gusti


(laik) adjective
the same or similar. They're as like as two peas.
the same as or similar to; in the same or a similar way as. He climbs like a cat; She is like her mother.
someone or something which is the same or as good etc as another. You won't see his like / their like again.
(especially American) in the same or a similar way as. No-one does it like he does.
ˈlikely adjective
1. probable. the likely result; It's likely that she'll succeed.
2. looking etc as if it might be good, useful, suitable etc. a likely spot for a picnic; She's the most likely person for the job.
ˈlikelihood noun
ˈliken verb
to think or speak of as being similar; to compare. He likened the earth to an apple.
ˈlikeness noun
1. (a) similarity or resemblance. The likeness between them is amazing.
2. a representation of a a person etc in a photographic or painted portrait etc. That photo of Mary is a good likeness.
ˈlikewise adverb
1. in the same or a similar manner. He ignored her, and she ignored him likewise.
2. also. Mrs. Brown came, likewise Mrs. Smith.
like-ˈminded adjective
having a similar opinion or purpose.
a likely story!
I don't believe it!.
as likely as not
probably. As likely as not, he won't remember to come.
be like someone
to be typical of someone. It isn't like him to be late.(=Geç kalmak onun adeti değildir.)
feel like
to be inclined, willing or anxious to (do or have something). I don't feel like going out; I expect he feels like a cup of tea.
he etc is likely to
it is probable that he etc will. He is likely to fail.
look like
1. to appear similar to. She looks very like her mother.
2. to show the effects, signs or possibility of. It looks like rain.
not likely!
certainly not!. `Would you put your head in a lion's mouth?' `Me? Not likely!'


(laik) verb
1. to be pleased with; to find pleasant or agreeable. I like him very much; I like the way you've decorated this room.
2. to enjoy. I like gardening.
ˈlik(e)able adjective
(of a person) agreeable and attractive.
ˈliking noun
1. a taste or fondness (for). He has too great a liking for chocolate.
2. satisfaction. Is the meal to your liking?
should/would like
want. I would like to say thank you; Would you like a cup of tea?
take a liking to
to begin to like. I've taken a liking to him.


كَيْفَ, مِثْلُ, يُحِبُّ jako, jaký, mít rád lide, som, synes om mögen, wie σαν, συμπαθώ, φαίνομαι como, gustar, parecer kuin, millainen, pitää (jostakin) aimer, comme, sembler kakav, kao, voljeti come, piacere ・・・のような, 好む 비슷한, 어떠하다, 좋아하다 als, hoe, houden van hvordan, like, som jak, polubić como, gostar, ser como кажется, как, нравиться hur, som, tycka om เหมือนกัน, ชอบ, ดัง benzemek, gibi, hoşlanmak giống, như thế nào, thích 喜欢, 如同, 是…样的


a. parecido-a, igual, semejante; [to look alike]
The boy looks ___ the fatherEl niño se parece al padre;
to look ___parecerse; a
adv. como si, del mismo modo;
prep. como;
I ___ this medicineMe gusta esta medicina;
to ___ someone, somethinggustar, agradar
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No one can do that for a long time with someone they don't like.
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Even if you don't like everything you see, you might see something interesting," says Muus, whose favorites include Gelsey Kirkland's performances with American Ballet Theatre.
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