Definition of like verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//laɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪk//
    (not usually used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they like
    BrE BrE//laɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪk//
    he / she / it likes
    BrE BrE//laɪks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪks//
    past simple liked
    BrE BrE//laɪkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪkt//
    past participle liked
    BrE BrE//laɪkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪkt//
    -ing form liking
    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪkɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [transitive] to find somebody/something pleasant, attractive or of a good enough standard; to enjoy something like somebody/something She's nice. I like her. Do you like their new house? Which tie do you like best? How did you like Japan (= did you find it pleasant)? I don't like the way he's looking at me. You've got to go to school, whether you like it or not. like doing something She's never liked swimming. like somebody/something doing something I didn't like him taking all the credit. (formal) I didn't like his taking all the credit. like to do something I like to see them enjoying themselves. like it when… I like it when you do that. Synonymslikelove be fond of be keen on something adoreThese words all mean to find something pleasant, attractive or satisfactory, or to enjoy something.like to find something pleasant, attractive or satisfactory; to enjoy something:Do you like their new house? I like to see them enjoying themselves.love to like or enjoy something very much:He loved the way she smiled.be fond of something to like or enjoy something, especially something you have liked or enjoyed for a long time:We were fond of the house and didn’t want to leave.be keen on something (British Englishinformal) (often used in negative statements) to like or enjoy something:I’m not keen on spicy food. She’s not keen on being told what to do.adore (informal) to like or enjoy something very much:She adores working with children.love or adore? Adore is more informal than love, and is used to express a stronger feeling.Patterns to like/​love/​be fond of/​be keen on/​adore doing something to like/​love to do something to like/​love something very much I like/​love/​adore it here/​there/​when… to like/​love/​adore the way somebody does something to really like/​love/​adore somebody/​something to be really fond of/​keen on something Synonymslovelike be fond of somebody adore be devoted to somebody care for somebody dote on somebodyThese words all mean to have feelings of love or affection for somebody.love to have strong feelings of affection for somebody:I love you.like to find somebody pleasant and enjoy being with them:She’s nice. I like her.be fond of somebody to feel affection for somebody, especially somebody you have known for a long time:I’ve always been very fond of your mother.adore to love somebody very much:It’s obvious that she adores him.be devoted to somebody to love somebody very much and be loyal to them:They are devoted to their children.care for somebody to love somebody, especially in a way that is based on strong affection or a feeling of wanting to protect them, rather than sex:He cared for her more than she realized. Care for somebody is often used when somebody has not told anyone about their feelings or is just starting to be aware of them. It is also used when somebody wishes that somebody loved them, or doubts that somebody does:If he really cared for you, he wouldn’t behave like that.dote on somebody to feel and show great love for somebody, ignoring their faults:He dotes on his children.Patterns to really love/​like/​adore/​care for/​dote on somebody to be really/​genuinely fond of/​devoted to somebody to love/​like/​care for somebody very much
  2. 2  [transitive, no passive] to prefer to do something; to prefer something to be made or to happen in a particular way like to do something At weekends I like to sleep late. like something + adj. I like my coffee strong.
  3. 3  [transitive, no passive] what/whatever somebody like to want Do what you like—I don't care. You can dye your hair whatever colour you like.
  4. 4  [transitive] used in negative sentences to mean ‘to be unwilling to do something’ like to do something I didn't like to disturb you. like doing something He doesn't like asking his parents for help.
  5. 5  [transitive, intransitive] used with would or should as a polite way to say what you want or to ask what somebody wants like something Would you like a drink? like to do something I'd like to think it over. Would you like to come with us? (formal) We would like to apologize for the delay. How can they afford it? That's what I'd like to know. like somebody/something to do something We'd like you to come and visit us. like for somebody to do something (North American English) I'd like for us to work together. More Aboutoffers and invitations Would you like…? is the most usual polite question form for offers and invitations, especially in British English:Would you like a cup of coffee? Do you want…? is less formal and more direct. It is more common in North American English than in British English:We’re going to a club tonight. Do you want to come with us? Would you care…? is very formal and now sounds old-fashioned. Express YourselfAsking for somethingWhether you are in shops or restaurants or in somebody's home, you can use polite questions to get what you want: Could I have a glass of water, please? Do you have any decaffeinated coffee? I'd like tea with sugar, please. I'll have the pasta with salad, please.Responses: Certainly. I'm sorry, we don't have any left. Yes of course. Here you are/​go.
  6. 6like something if you like something on a social networking service, news website, blog, etc. you show that you agree with it or that you think it is good by clicking a special button By the next morning, over twenty of my friends had liked my new profile picture. Over seven hundred Facebook users have already liked the company’s website. See related entries: Social networking
  7. Word Originverb Old English līcian ‘be pleasing’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lijken.Extra examples Everyone he met instantly liked him and wanted to be friends. He pretended to like her for Tony’s sake. He works hard and is well liked by his colleagues. I have always liked Sue and I don’t intend to stop now. I hope you will get to like our town. I liked him enormously and was sorry when he left. I personally liked this song a lot. I really like that restaurant. I tried to like her because it would be for the best. I wanted to like the movie because of its message. I’m learning to like spinach. She guessed that he secretly liked wearing skirts. Which story do you like best? a man who was universally liked ‘Let’s go and see “The Last Samurai.”’ ‘OK, if you like.’ Do what you like—I don’t care. He never did like me much, did he? How did you like Japan? I didn’t like him taking all the credit. I don’t like the way he’s looking at me. I like it in Spain. She’s never liked swimming. She’s nice. I like her. You can come too if you like. You’ve got to go to school, whether you like it or not.Idioms used to emphasize that something bad has happened to you and you want some sympathy How would you like it if someone called you a liar?
    1. 1  used to politely agree to something or to suggest something ‘Shall we stop now?’ ‘If you like.’ If you like, we could go out this evening.
    2. 2used when you express something in a new way or when you are not confident about something It was, if you like, the dawn of a new era.
    (old-fashioned, informal) used to protest that something that has been said is not true or fair ‘She called you a cheat.’ ‘Well, I like that!’ used to say that you hope or believe that something is true I like to think I'm broad-minded. I’d like to think that you were helping me because you wanted to, not because you felt you had to. (informal, humorous) used to say that something is very good or enjoyable You get paid to eat chocolate. So what's not to like? I love a good bagel—what’s not to like?
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