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tr.v. lik·ened, lik·en·ing, lik·ens
To see, mention, or show as similar; compare.

[Middle English liknen, from like, similar; see like2.]
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Noun1.likening - the act of comparing similarities
comparing, comparison - the act of examining resemblances; "they made a comparison of noise levels"; "the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator"
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He therefore proceeded immediately to castigation: and not contented with that he acquainted Mr Allworthy, at their next meeting, with this monstrous crime, as it appeared to him: inveighing against Tom in the most bitter terms, and likening him to the buyers and sellers who were driven out of the temple.
I was disgusted to read comments likening the recent looting in the UK to the 'Arab Spring'.
And he says his Bravehearts might not start as favourites, likening the task to that of Scotland taking on England in terms of the two clubs, but insists that the auld enemy can be overcome.
Summary: A far-right Dutch politician facing prosecution for likening Islam to Nazism was stopped on arrival in Britain on Thursday, after travelling despite a ban on him entering the country.
But Abdur-Rahman alAttiyah, the secretary general of the GCC, took the criticism to a new level of animosity last week by likening Iran to Israel.
A FORMER care home worker yesterday denied putting big false teeth in a elderly resident's mouth and likening him to racehorse Red Rum.