like Definition

  • 1having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to
  • 2enjoying or preferring something
  • 3used in speech as a meaningless filler or to signify the speaker's uncertainty about an expression just used

Using like: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "like" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She looks like her mother.

  • Example

    I like chocolate ice cream.

  • Example

    He was like, 'I don't know what to do.'

  • Example

    It's like I'm always the one who has to clean up after them.

like Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for like

Idioms Using like

  • feeling awkward or uncomfortable in a new or unfamiliar situation


    I felt like a fish out of water at the party.

  • very quickly or recklessly


    He drove away from the scene like a bat out of hell.

  • very difficult or unpleasant


    Getting him to talk about his feelings is like pulling teeth.

Phrases with like

  • used in speech to convey the speaker's feelings, thoughts, or actions


    I was like, 'No way!'

  • have a desire or inclination for something


    I feel like going for a walk.

  • resemble someone or something in appearance


    You look like your father.

Origins of like

from Old English 'gelīcian', meaning 'to please, be sufficient'


Summary: like in Brief

The verb 'like' [laɪk] means to have the same characteristics or qualities as something, to enjoy or prefer something, or to be used as a filler. It is often used in phrases like 'be like,' 'feel like,' and 'look like.' The idioms 'like a fish out of water' and 'like pulling teeth' convey feelings of discomfort and difficulty, respectively.

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