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  • enPR: līk, IPA(No language code specified.): /laɪk/, X-SAMPA: /laIk/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Inglis liken, from Old English līcian (to please, be sufficient), from Template:Wt/sco/proto, from Template:Wt/sco/proto. Cognate with Dutch lijken (to seem), German gleichen (to resemble), Icelandic líka (to like), Norse like (to like), Albanian ngjaj arc. nglâj (I resemble, I'm alike).


like (third-person singular semple praisent Wt/sco/likes, praisent pairteeciple liking, simple past and past participle liked)

  1. Template:Wt/sco/transitive To please.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book IV:
      And yf hit lyke yow I wille speke with hem by cause I am a knyghte of kynge Arthurs [...].
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, King Lear:
      His countenance likes me not.
  2. To enjoy, be pleased by; favor; be in favor of.
    I like hamburgers.
    I like skiing in winter.
    I like the Seattle Mariners this season.
  3. Template:Wt/sco/obsolete To derive pleasure of, by or with someone or something.
    • 1662, Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Systems of the World (Dialogue Two)
      And therefore it is the best way, if you like of it, to examine these taken from experiments touching the Earth, and then proceed to those of the other kind.
  4. To prefer and maintain (an action) as a regular habit or activity.
    I like to go to the dentist every six months.
    She likes to keep herself physically fit.
    We like to keep one around the office just in case.
  5. To find attractive; to prefer the company of; to have mild romantic feelings for.
    I really like Sandra but don't know how to tell her.
  6. Template:Wt/sco/Internet To show support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
    I liked my friend's last status on Facebook.
    I can't stand Bloggs' tomato ketchup, but I liked it on Facebook so I could enter a competition.
Usage notes[edit]
  • In its senses of “enjoy” and “maintain as a regular habit”, like is a catenative verb; in the former, it usually takes a gerund (-ing form), while in the latter, it takes a to-infinitive. See also Appendix:English catenative verbs.
  • Like is only used to mean “want” in certain expressions, such as “if you like” and “I would like”. The conditional form, would like, is used quite freely as a polite synonym for want.
  • (find attractive): fancy (British)
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like (plural Wt/sco/likes)

  1. Lua error in Module:Wt/sco/labels/templates at line 29: The parameter "lang" is required.. Something that a person likes (prefers).
    Tell me your likes and dislikes.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Inglis, from Old English ġelīċ by shortening, influenced by Old Norse líkr. Cognate with alike; more distantly, with lich and -ly.


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  1. similar
    My partner and I have like minds.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 3, Landlord Edmund
      ... and this is not a sky, it is a Soul and living Face! Nothing liker the Temple of the Highest, bright with some real effulgence of the Highest, is seen in this world.
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like (comparative mair Wt/sco/like, superlative maist Wt/sco/like)

  1. Template:Wt/sco/informal for example, such as: to introduce an example or list of examples
    There are lots of birds like ducks and gulls in this park.
Usage notes[edit]

In formal writing, such as is preferred over like.



like (plural Wt/sco/likes)

  1. (sometimes as the likes of) Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.
    We shall never see his like again.Winston Churchill on T.E. Lawrence
    There were bowls full of sweets, chocolates and the like.
    It was something the likes of which I had never seen before.



  1. as if; as though
    It looks like you've finished the project.
    It seemed like you didn't care.
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  1. Somewhat similar to, reminiscent of.
    These hamburgers taste like leather.



  1. Template:Wt/sco/colloquial A delayed filler.
    He was so angry, like.
  2. Template:Wt/sco/colloquial A mild intensifier.
    She was, like, sooooo happy.
  3. Template:Wt/sco/colloquial indicating approximation or uncertainty
    There were, like, twenty of them.
    And then he, like, got all angry and left the room.
  4. Template:Wt/sco/colloquial When preceded by any form of the verb to be, used to mean “to say” or “to think”; used to precede an approximate quotation or paraphrase.
    I was like, “Why did you do that?” and he's like, “I don't know.”
    • 2006, Lily Allen, Knock 'Em Out
      You're just doing your own thing and some one comes out the blue,
      They're like, "Alright"
      What ya saying, "Yeah can I take your digits?"
      And you're like, "no not in a million years, you're nasty please leave me alone."
  • (colloquial: used to precede paraphrased quotations): be all, go
Usage notes[edit]

The use as a quotative is deliberately informal and commonly used by young people, and often combined with the use of the present tense as a narrative. Similar terms are to go and all, as in I go, “Why did you do that?” and he goes, “I don't know” and I was all, “Why did you do that?” and he was all, “I don't know.” These expressions can imply that the attributed remark which follows is representative rather than necessarily an exact quotation; however, in speech these structures do tend to require mimicking the original speakers inflection in a way said would not.




  1. Template:Wt/sco/Liverpool Used to place emphasis upon a statement.
    divint ye knaa, like?
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165






  1. to like



tae Wt/sco/like (third-person singular simple present likes, present participle likin, simple past likit, past participle likit)

  1. To like.
  2. To be hesitant to do something.
    I dinna like. - I'm not certain I would like to.
  3. To love somebody or something.


like (nae comparable)

  1. like



  1. (South Scots) Used to place emphasis upon a statement.
    Oo jist saw it the now, like.




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  1. match (someone similarly skilful)
    Han hade mött sin like
    He had met his match