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like

  1. [laɪk, la͟ɪk]

    PREPOSITION AND CONJUNCTION USES

    likes

    1. PREP If you say that one person or thing is like another, you mean that they share some of the same qualities or features.

    2. PREP If you talk about what something or someone is like, you are talking about their qualities or features.

    3. PREP: n PREP n/-ing You can use like to introduce an example of the set of things or people that you have just mentioned.

    4. PREP You can use like to say that someone or something is in the same situation as another person or thing.

    5. PREP: v PREP n If you say that someone is behaving like something or someone else, you mean that they are behaving in a way that is typical of that kind of thing or person. Like is used in this way in many fixed expressions, for example to cry like a baby and to watch someone like a hawk.

    6. PREP: v-link PREP n You can use like in expressions such as that's just like her and it wasn't like him to indicate that the person's behaviour is or is not typical of their character.

    7. CONJ-SUBORD Like is sometimes used as a conjunction in order to say that something appears to be the case when it is not. Some people consider this use to be incorrect.

    8. CONJ-SUBORD Like is sometimes used as a conjunction in order to indicate that something happens or is done in the same way as something else. Some people consider this use to be incorrect.

    9. PREP: with neg (emphasis) You can use like in negative expressions such as nothing like it and no place like it to emphasize that there is nothing as good as the situation, thing, or person mentioned.

    10. PREP: with neg (emphasis) You can use like in expressions such as nothing like to make an emphatic negative statement.

    11. CONVENTION Some people say like when they are thinking about what to say next or because it has become their habit to say it. Some people do not like this use. [INFORMAL, SPOKEN]

    12. CONVENTION Some people say like when they are reporting what they or another person said, or what they thought about something. Some people do not like this use. [INFORMAL, SPOKEN]

  2. [la͟ɪk]

    VERB USES

    likes, liking, liked

    1. VERB: no cont If you like something or someone, you think they are interesting, enjoyable, or attractive.

    2. VERB: no cont, no passive If you ask someone how they like something, you are asking them for their opinion of it and whether they enjoy it or find it pleasant.

    3. VERB: no cont If you like something such as a particular course of action or way of behaving, you approve of it.

    4. VERB: no cont, no passive If you say that you like to do something or that you like something to be done, you mean that you prefer to do it or prefer it to be done as part of your normal life or routine.

    5. VERB: no cont, no passive If you say that you would like something or would like to do something, you are indicating a wish or desire that you have.

    6. VERB: no cont, no passive You can say that you would like to say something to indicate that you are about to say it.

    7. VERB: no cont, no passive (politeness) If you ask someone if they would like something or would like to do something, you are making a polite offer or invitation.

    8. VERB: no cont, no passive (politeness) If you say to someone that you would like something or you would like them to do something, or ask them if they would like to do it, you are politely telling them what you want or what you want them to do.

  3. [la͟ɪk]

    NOUN USES AND PHRASES

    likes

    1. N-UNCOUNT You can use like in expressions such as like attracts like, when you are referring to two or more people or things that have the same or similar characteristics.

    2. N-PLURAL: usu poss N Someone's likes are the things that they enjoy or find pleasant.

    3. See also liking

    4. PHRASE: n PHR If you mention particular things or people and then add and the like, you are indicating that there are other similar things or people that can be included in what you are saying.

    5. PHRASE: PHR with cl You say if you like when you are making or agreeing to an offer or suggestion in a casual way.

    6. PHRASE: PHR with cl/group You say if you like when you are expressing something in a different way, or in a way that you think some people might disagree with or find strange.

    7. PHRASE: PHR after v (emphasis) You can use the expressions like anything, like crazy, or like mad to emphasize that someone is doing something or something is happening in a very energetic or noticeable way. [INFORMAL]

    8. PHRASE: PHR n You can talk about the likes of someone or something to refer to people or things of a particular type. [INFORMAL]

    9. PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something will happen like as not or as like as not, you mean that it will probably happen.

    10. PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something will happen or is true like it or not, or whether someone likes it or not, you mean that although the situation may be unpleasant, it has to be faced.

    11. PHRASE: usu PHR with cl You say like this, like that, or like so when you are showing someone how something is done.

    12. PHRASE: PHR after v You use like this or like that when you are drawing attention to something that you are doing or that someone else is doing.

    13. PHRASE: PHR n/-ing, n PHR You use the expression more like when mentioning an amount, name, or description that in your opinion is more accurate than one that has already been mentioned.

    14. PHRASE: PHR n You use the expression something like with an amount, number, or description to indicate that it is approximately accurate.

    15. CONVENTION If you say that's more like it, you mean that the thing that you are referring to is more satisfactory than it was on earlier occasions.

    16. PHRASE: n PHR cl (emphasis) If you refer to something the like of which or the likes of which has never been seen before, you are emphasizing how important, great, or noticeable the thing is.

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laɪk, la͟ɪkPREP If you say that one person or thing is like another, you mean that they share some of the same qualities or features.Examples

He looks like Father Christmas...
Kathy is a great mate, we are like sisters...
It's a bit like going to the dentist; it's never as bad as you fear...
It's nothing like what happened in the mid-Seventies...
This is just like old times.
...a mountain shaped like a reclining woman.

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Word forms

like

verb
Basic forms
Pastliked
Imperativelike
Present Participle (Participle I)liking
Past Participle (Participle II)liked
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I likewe like
you likeyou like
he/she/it likesthey like
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am likingwe are liking
you are likingyou are liking
he/she/it is likingthey are liking
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have likedwe have liked
you have likedyou have liked
he/she/it has likedthey have liked
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been likingwe have been liking
you have been likingyou have been liking
he/she/it has been likingthey have been liking
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I likedwe liked
you likedyou liked
he/she/it likedthey liked
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was likingwe were liking
you were likingyou were liking
he/she/it was likingthey were liking
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had likedwe had liked
you had likedyou had liked
he/she/it had likedthey had liked
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been likingwe had been liking
you had been likingyou had been liking
he/she/it had been likingthey had been liking
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will likewe shall/will like
you will likeyou will like
he/she/it will likethey will like
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be likingwe shall/will be liking
you will be likingyou will be liking
he/she/it will be likingthey will be liking
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have likedwe shall/will have liked
you will have likedyou will have liked
he/she/it will have likedthey will have liked
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been likingwe shall/will have been liking
you will have been likingyou will have been liking
he/she/it will have been likingthey will have been liking
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would likewe should/would like
you would likeyou would like
he/she/it would likethey would like
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be likingwe should/would be liking
you would be likingyou would be liking
he/she/it would be likingthey would be liking
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have likedwe should/would have liked
you would have likedyou would have liked
he/she/it would have likedthey would have liked
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been likingwe should/would have been liking
you would have been likingyou would have been liking
he/she/it would have been likingthey would have been liking
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am likedwe are liked
you are likedyou are liked
he/she/it is likedthey are liked
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being likedwe are being liked
you are being likedyou are being liked
he/she/it is being likedthey are being liked
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been likedwe have been liked
you have been likedyou have been liked
he/she/it has been likedthey have been liked
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was likedwe were liked
you were likedyou were liked
he/she/it was likedthey were liked
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being likedwe were being liked
you were being likedyou were being liked
he/she/it was being likedthey were being liked
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been likedwe had been liked
you had been likedyou had been liked
he/she/it had been likedthey had been liked
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be likedwe shall/will be liked
you will be likedyou will be liked
he/she/it will be likedthey will be liked
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been likedwe shall/will have been liked
you will have been likedyou will have been liked
he/she/it will have been likedthey will have been liked

like

noun
SingularPlural
Common caselikelikes
Possessive caselike'slikes'