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lick

 (lĭk)
v. licked, lick·ing, licks
v.tr.
1. To pass the tongue over or along: lick a stamp.
2. To lap up: The cat licked the milk from the bowl.
3. To lap or flicker at like a tongue: The waves licked the sides of the boat.
4. Slang
a. To beat or thrash.
b. To defeat soundly: licked their rivals in lacrosse.
c. To deal with effectively; overcome: licked her weight problem.
v.intr.
To pass or lap quickly and rapidly: The flames licked at our feet.
n.
1. The act or process of licking.
2. An amount obtained by licking: a lick of ice cream.
3. A small quantity; a bit: hasn't got a lick of common sense.
4. A deposit of exposed natural salt that is licked by passing animals.
5. Slang A sudden hard stroke; a blow.
6. Slang An attempt; a try: Why not give those skis a lick?
7. Informal Speed; pace: moving along at a good lick.
8. Music A phrase improvised by a soloist, especially on the guitar or banjo.
Idioms:
lick and a promise
A superficial effort made without care or enthusiasm.
lick into shape Informal
To bring into satisfactory condition or appearance.
lick (one's) chops
To anticipate delightedly.
lick (one's) wounds
To recuperate after a defeat.
lick (someone's) boots
To behave in a servile or obsequious manner toward someone.

[Middle English licken, from Old English liccian; see leigh- in Indo-European roots.]

lick′er n.

lick

(lɪk)
vb
1. (tr) to pass the tongue over, esp in order to taste or consume
2. to flicker or move lightly over or round (something): the flames licked around the door.
3. (tr) informal
a. to defeat or vanquish
b. to flog or thrash
c. to be or do much better than
4. lick into shape to put into a satisfactory condition: from the former belief that bear cubs were born formless and had to be licked into shape by their mother
5. lick one's lips to anticipate or recall something with glee or relish
6. lick one's wounds to retire after a defeat or setback in order to husband one's resources
7. lick the boots of See boot115
n
8. an instance of passing the tongue over something
9. a small amount: a lick of paint.
10. (Veterinary Science) Also called: salt lick a block of compressed salt or chemical matter provided for domestic animals to lick for medicinal and nutritional purposes
11. (Zoology) a place to which animals go to lick exposed natural deposits of salt
12. informal a hit; blow
13. (Music, other) slang a short musical phrase, usually on one instrument
14. informal speed; rate of movement: he was going at quite a lick when he hit it.
15. a lick and a promise something hastily done, esp a hurried wash
[Old English liccian; related to Old High German leckon, Latin lingere, Greek leikhein]
ˈlicker n

lick

(lɪk)
v.t.
1. to pass the tongue over the surface of, as to moisten, taste, or eat (often fol. by up, off, from, etc.): to lick a postage stamp; to lick an ice-cream cone.
2. to make, or cause to become, by stroking with the tongue: to lick a spoon clean.
3. (of waves, flames, etc.) to pass or play lightly over.
4. Informal.
a. to hit or beat, esp. as a punishment; thrash; whip.
b. to overcome or defeat, as in a fight, game, or contest.
v.i.
5. to move quickly or lightly.
n.
6. a stroke of the tongue over something.
7. as much as can be taken up by one stroke of the tongue.
9. Informal.
a. a blow.
b. a brief, brisk burst of activity or energy.
c. a quick pace or clip; speed.
d. a small amount: I haven't done a lick of work all week.
10. Usu., licks. a critical or complaining remark.
11. Usu., licks. a musical phrase, as by a jazz soloist in improvising.
Idioms:
1. last licks, a final turn or opportunity.
2. lick into shape, Informal. to bring to completion or perfection through discipline, hard work, etc.
3. lick one's wounds, to attempt to heal or sooth oneself after injury or defeat.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English liccian, c. Old Saxon liccōn, Old High German leckōn]
lick′er, n.

lick


Past participle: licked
Gerund: licking

Imperative
lick
lick
Present
I lick
you lick
he/she/it licks
we lick
you lick
they lick
Preterite
I licked
you licked
he/she/it licked
we licked
you licked
they licked
Present Continuous
I am licking
you are licking
he/she/it is licking
we are licking
you are licking
they are licking
Present Perfect
I have licked
you have licked
he/she/it has licked
we have licked
you have licked
they have licked
Past Continuous
I was licking
you were licking
he/she/it was licking
we were licking
you were licking
they were licking
Past Perfect
I had licked
you had licked
he/she/it had licked
we had licked
you had licked
they had licked
Future
I will lick
you will lick
he/she/it will lick
we will lick
you will lick
they will lick
Future Perfect
I will have licked
you will have licked
he/she/it will have licked
we will have licked
you will have licked
they will have licked
Future Continuous
I will be licking
you will be licking
he/she/it will be licking
we will be licking
you will be licking
they will be licking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been licking
you have been licking
he/she/it has been licking
we have been licking
you have been licking
they have been licking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been licking
you will have been licking
he/she/it will have been licking
we will have been licking
you will have been licking
they will have been licking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been licking
you had been licking
he/she/it had been licking
we had been licking
you had been licking
they had been licking
Conditional
I would lick
you would lick
he/she/it would lick
we would lick
you would lick
they would lick
Past Conditional
I would have licked
you would have licked
he/she/it would have licked
we would have licked
you would have licked
they would have licked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lick - a salt deposit that animals regularly licklick - a salt deposit that animals regularly lick
sediment, deposit - matter that has been deposited by some natural process
2.lick - touching with the tongue; "the dog's laps were warm and wet"
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
3.lick - (boxing) a blow with the fistlick - (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose"
counterpunch, parry, counter - a return punch (especially by a boxer)
knockout punch, KO punch, Sunday punch, haymaker - a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
hook - a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
jab - a quick short straight punch
rabbit punch - a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
sucker punch - an unexpected punch
boxing, pugilism, fisticuffs - fighting with the fists
blow - a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"
Verb1.lick - beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fightlick - beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
beat, beat out, vanquish, trounce, crush, shell - come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
flail, thrash, lam, thresh - give a thrashing to; beat hard
2.lick - pass the tongue over; "the dog licked her hand"
stroke - touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions; "He stroked his long beard"
tongue - lick or explore with the tongue
3.lick - find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
answer, resolve - understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
riddle - explain a riddle
strike - arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing; "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"
guess, infer - guess correctly; solve by guessing; "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"
answer - give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"; "answer the riddle"
break - find the solution or key to; "break the code"
4.lick - take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"
drink, imbibe - take in liquids; "The patient must drink several liters each day"; "The children like to drink soda"

lick

verb
1. taste, lap, tongue, touch, wash, brush The dog licked the man's hand excitedly.
2. (Informal) beat, defeat, overcome, best, top, stuff (slang), tank (slang), undo, rout, excel, surpass, outstrip, outdo, trounce, clobber (slang), vanquish, run rings around (informal), wipe the floor with (informal), blow out of the water (slang) He might be able to lick us all in a fair fight.
3. (of flames) flicker, touch, flick, dart, ripple, ignite, play over, kindle The fire sent its red tongues licking into the hallway.
noun
1. dab, little, bit, touch, taste, sample, stroke, brush, speck It could do with a lick of paint to brighten up its premises.
2. (Informal) pace, rate, speed, clip (informal) an athletic cyclist travelling at a fair lick

lick

verb
1. Slang. To punish with blows or lashes:
Informal: trim.
Slang: lay into.
2. Slang. To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition:
Informal: trim, whip.
Slang: ace.
Idioms: carry the day, get the best of, get the better of, go someone one better.
noun
A sudden sharp, powerful stroke:
Informal: bash, biff, bop, clip, wallop.
Slang: belt, conk, paste.
Translations
لحسلَعْق، لَعْقَهمِقْدار قَليليَلْحَسُيَلْعَق
llepar
lízatlíznutíolíznoutpřetření
slikkesmuleslik
nuolla
lizatiliznuti
megnyalnyal
sleikjasletta, umferîòaî aî sleikja
なめる
핥다
brūkštelėjimaslaižytilyžtelėjimaspalaižymassuteikti tinkamą pavidalą
aplaizīšanaaplaizītlaizīšanalaizītlakšana
lízaťpretretie
lizanjelizati
slicka
เลีย
liếm

lick

[lɪk]
A. VT
1.lamer
flames were licking (at) the doorlas llamas empezaron a lamer la puerta
to lick one's wounds (lit) → lamerse las heridas (fig) → curarse las heridas
to lick sb's bootshacer la pelota or dar coba a algn
to lick sth into shapeponer algo a punto
2. (= defeat) → dar una paliza a
B. N
1. (with tongue) → lametazo m, lengüetada f
a lick and a promiseuna lavada a la carrera or de cualquier manera
2. (fig) a lick of paintuna mano de pintura
a lick of polishun poquito de cera
3. (= speed) to go at a good or a fair old lickir a buen tren
at full licka todo gas, a toda mecha
lick off VT + ADVquitar de un lametazo
lick up VT + ADVbeber a lengüetadas

lick

[ˈlɪk]
vt
(with tongue)lécher
to lick one's fingers → se lécher les doigts
to lick one's lips (lit)se lécher les lèvres (fig) (in anticipation of pleasure)se lécher les babines; (at the prospect of food)se pourlécher (les babines)
to lick one's wounds (fig)panser ses blessures
[flames] → lécher
(= defeat) [+ opponent] → écraser, battre à plate couture
n
(with tongue)coup m de langue
The cat gave him a lick → Le chat lui donna un coup de langue.
He wanted a lick of her lollipop → Il voulait lécher sa sucette.
a lick of paint → un petit coup de peinture

lick

n
(with tongue) → Lecken nt, → Schlecken nt (dial); to give something a lickan etw (dat)lecken; the cat gave me/my hand a lickdie Katze leckte mich ab/mir die Hand
(= salt lick)(Salz)lecke f; (artificial) → Leckstein m
(inf: = small quantity) it’s time we gave the kitchen a lick of paintdie Küche könnte auch mal wieder etwas Farbe vertragen (inf); he doesn’t do a lick of worker tut keinen Schlag
(Brit inf: = pace) the project is coming along at a good lickdas Projekt geht ganz gut voran (inf); to go/drive at a fair old lickeinen ganz schönen Zahn draufhaben (inf); he rushed to the station at full licker raste mit Vollgas zum Bahnhof (inf)
vt
(with tongue) → lecken; he licked the stamper leckte an der Briefmarke; he licked the ice creamer leckte am Eis; to lick one’s lipssich (dat)die Lippen lecken; (fig)sich (dat)die Finger lecken; the cat licked its pawsdie Katze leckte sich (dat)die Pfoten; to lick the bowl outdie Schüssel auslecken; to lick one’s wounds (fig)seine Wunden lecken; to lick somebody’s boots (fig)vor jdm kriechen (inf), → jds Stiefel lecken; to lick somebody into shape (fig)jdn auf Vordermann bringen (inf)
(waves) → plätschern an (+acc); (flames) → züngeln an (+dat)
(inf: = beat, defeat) → in die Pfanne hauen (inf); I think we’ve got it lickedich glaube, wir haben die Sache jetzt im Griff
vi to lick at somethingan etw (dat)lecken; flames licked around the buildingFlammen züngelten an dem Gebäude empor

lick

[lɪk]
1. vt
a. (with tongue) → leccare; (subj, flames) → lambire
to lick one's plate clean → pulire il piatto con la lingua
to lick one's lips → leccarsi le labbra (hungrily) → leccarsi i baffi
to lick one's wounds (also) (fig) → leccarsi le ferite
to lick sb's boots (fig) (fam) → leccare i piedi a qn
to lick sth into shape (fig) (fam) → mettere a punto qc
b. (fam) (defeat) → suonarle a, stracciare
2. n
a.leccata
a lick of paint → una passata di vernice
a lick and a promise (fig) (fam) → una pulitina sommaria
b. (fam) (speed) at full licka tutta birra

lick

(lik) verb
to pass the tongue over. The dog licked her hand.
noun
1. an act of licking. The child gave the ice-cream a lick.
2. a hasty application (of paint). These doors could do with a lick of paint.
lick into shape
to put into a better or more efficient form.

lick

يَلْحَسُ olíznout slikke lecken γλύφω lamer nuolla lécher lizati leccare なめる 핥다 likken slikke polizać lamber лизать slicka เลีย yalamak liếm

lick

vt. lamer; golpear,
pop. dar una tunda.

lick

vt lamer
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