Definition of liken / to / phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

liken / to /

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

liken something/somebody to something/somebody

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to compare one thing or person to another and say they are similar Life is often likened to a journey.
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