Definition of unlike preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈlaɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈlaɪk//
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  1. 1  different from a particular person or thing Music is quite unlike any other art form. The sound was not unlike that of birds singing.
  2. 2  used to contrast somebody/something with another person or thing Unlike most systems, this one is very easy to install. Language BankcontrastHighlighting differences This survey highlights a number of differences in the way that teenage boys and girls in the UK spend their free time. One of the main differences between the girls and the boys who took part in the research was the way in which they use the Internet. Unlike the girls, who use the Internet mainly to keep in touch with friends, the boys questioned in this survey tend to use the Internet for playing computer games. The girls differ from the boys in that they tend to spend more time keeping in touch with friends on the telephone or on social networking websites. Compared to the boys, the girls spend much more time chatting to friends on the telephone. On average the girls spend four hours a week chatting to friends on the phone. In contrast, very few of the boys spend more than five minutes a day talking to their friends in this way. The boys prefer competitive sports and computer games, whereas/while the girls seem to enjoy more cooperative activities, such as shopping with friends. When the girls go shopping, they mainly buy clothes and cosmetics. The boys, on the other hand, tend to purchase computer games or gadgets.
  3. 3  not typical of somebody/something It's very unlike him to be so late. opposite like
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: perhaps originally an alteration of Old Norse úlíkr; compare with Old English ungelīc ‘not of the same kind, not comparable’.
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