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

     

    lick

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//lɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lick
    BrE BrE//lɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪk//
     
    he / she / it licks
    BrE BrE//lɪks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪks//
     
    past simple licked
    BrE BrE//lɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪkt//
     
    past participle licked
    BrE BrE//lɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪkt//
     
    -ing form licking
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] to move your tongue over the surface of something in order to eat it, make it wet or clean it lick something He licked his fingers. I'm tired of licking envelopes. The cat sat licking its paws. lick something + adj. She licked the spoon clean.
  2. 2[transitive] lick something + adv./prep. to eat or drink something by licking it The cat licked up the milk. She licked the honey off the spoon.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] (of flames) to touch something lightly lick something Flames were soon licking the curtains. lick at something The flames were now licking at their feet.
  4. 4[transitive] lick somebody/something (informal) to easily defeat somebody or deal with something We thought we had them licked. It was a tricky problem but I think we've licked it.
  5. Word Origin Old English liccian, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch likken and German lecken, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek leikhein and Latin lingere.Idioms
    get/knock/lick somebody into shape
     
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    to train somebody so that they do a particular job, task, etc. well It took him just two weeks to knock the new recruits into shape.
    lick somebody’s boots(taboo, slang lick somebody’s arse)
     
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    (disapproving) to show too much respect for somebody in authority because you want to please them synonym crawl
    1. 1to move your tongue over your lips, especially before eating something good
    2. 2(informal) to show that you are excited about something and want it to happen soon They were licking their lips at the thought of clinching the deal. See related entries: Excitement
    to spend time trying to get your strength or confidence back after a defeat or disappointment Leeds are still licking their wounds after their humiliating defeat by Grimsby.
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