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Definition of likeness noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the fact of being similar to another person or thing, especially in appearance; an example of this synonym resemblance Joanna bears a strong likeness to her father. Do you notice any family likeness between them?
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] a painting, drawing, etc. of a person, especially one that looks very like them The drawing is said to be a good likeness of the girl's attacker. As a painter, he had the ability to produce a likeness in a single one-hour sitting.
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