not like

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not like

If you dislike someone or something, you find them unpleasant.

From what I know of him I dislike him intensely.
She disliked the theatre.

In conversation and in less formal writing, you don't normally use 'dislike'. Instead, you use a negative word with like.

She doesn't like tennis.
I've never liked him.

You can say that someone dislikes doing something or doesn't like doing something.

Many people dislike following orders.
I don't like working in a team.

You can also say that someone doesn't like to do something.

He doesn't like to be beaten.

Be Careful!
However, don't say that someone 'dislikes to do' something.

References in classic literature ?
When the Story Girl put on grown-up airs I did not like her so well, and I dropped the subject with a dignity that seemed to amuse her mightily.
"Maggie," said Philip, with surprise, "it is not like you to take playfulness literally.
No matter whether our song is good or bad, they do not like us, do not vote for us and just want our money.

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