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like 1  (lk)
v. liked, lik·ing, likes
1. To find pleasant or attractive; enjoy.
2. To want to have: would like some coffee.
3. To feel about; regard: How do you like her nerve!
4. Archaic To be pleasing to.
1. To have an inclination or a preference: If you like, we can meet you there.
2. Scots To be pleased.
Something that is liked; a preference: made a list of his likes and dislikes.

[Middle English liken, from Old English lcian, to please; see lk- in Indo-European roots.]

like 2  (lk)
1. Possessing the characteristics of; resembling closely; similar to.
a. In the typical manner of: Its not like you to take offense.
b. In the same way as: lived like royalty.
3. Inclined or disposed to: felt like running away.
4. As if the probability exists for: looks like a bad year for farmers.
5. Such as; for example: saved things like old newspapers and pieces of string.
1. Possessing the same or almost the same characteristics; similar: on this and like occasions.
2. Alike: They are as like as two siblings.
3. Having equivalent value or quality. Usually used in negative sentences: Theres nothing like a good nights sleep.
1. In the manner of being; as if. Used as an intensifier of action: worked like hell; ran like crazy.
2. Informal Probably; likely: Like as not shell change her mind.
3. Nearly; approximately: The price is more like 1,000 dollars.
4. Nonstandard Used to provide emphasis or a pause: Like lets get going.
1. One similar to or like another. Used with the: was subject to coughs, asthma, and the like.
2. Informal An equivalent or similar person or thing; an equal or match. Often used in the plural: Ive never seen the likes of this before. Well never see his like again.
conj. Usage Problem
1. In the same way that; as: To dance like she does requires great discipline.
2. As if: It looks like well finish on time.
be like Informal
To say or utter. Used chiefly in oral narration: And hes like, Leave me alone!

[Middle English, from like, similar (from Old English gelc and Old Norse lkr) and from like, similarly (from Old English gelce, from gelc, similar); see lk- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Writers since Chaucers time have used like as a conjunction, but 19th-century and 20th-century critics have been so vehement in their condemnations of this usage that a writer who uses the construction in formal style risks being accused of illiteracy or worse. Prudence requires The dogs howled as (not like) we expected them to. Like is more acceptably used as a conjunction in informal style with verbs such as feel, look, seem, sound, and taste, as in It looks like we are in for a rough winter. But here too as if is to be preferred in formal writing. There can be no objection to the use of like as a conjunction when the following verb is not expressed, as in He took to politics like a duck to water. See Usage Notes at as1, together.
Our Living Language Along with be all and go, the construction combining be and like has become a common way of introducing quotations in informal conversation, especially among younger people: So Im like, Lets get out of here! As with go, this use of like can also announce a brief imitation of another persons behavior, often elaborated with facial expressions and gestures. It can also summarize a past attitude or reaction (instead of presenting direct speech). If a woman says Im like, Get lost buddy! she may or may not have used those actual words to tell the offending man off. In fact, she may not have said anything to him but instead may be summarizing her attitude at the time by stating what she might have said, had she chosen to speak. See Notes at all, go1.

like 3  (lk) also liked (lkt)
aux.v. Chiefly Southern U.S.
Used with a past infinitive or with to and a simple past form to indicate being just on the point of or coming near to having done something in the past: I like to a split a gut laughin. It seemed as how nobody had thought about measurin the width of the bridges openin, and we like to didnt make it through (Dictionary of American Regional English).

[Middle English liken, to compare, from like, similar; see like2.]
Our Living Language In certain Southern varieties of American English there are two grammatically distinct usages of the word like to mean was on the verge of. In both, either like or liked is possible. In the first, the word is followed by a past infinitive: We liked (or like) to have drowned. The ancestor of this construction was probably the adjective like in the sense likely, on the verge of, as in Shes like to get married again. The adjective was reinterpreted by some speakers as a verb, and since like to and liked to are indistinguishable in normal speech, the past tense came to be marked on the following infinitive for clarity. From this developed a second way of expressing the same concept: the use of like to with a following finite past-tense verb form, as in I like to died when I saw that. This construction appears odd at first because it ostensibly contains an ungrammatical infinitive to died; but that is not the case at all. What has happened is that like to here has been reinterpreted as an adverb meaning almost. In fact, it is quite common to see the phrase spelled as a single word, in the pronunciation spelling liketa.

like  /lak/  v. [T] liked, liking, likes 1 to enjoy, find pleasant: He likes to watch television. 2 to be fond of: The boy and girl like each other very much. 3 would like: want, desire: I would like coffee, please.
adj. 1 similar to: The girl is like her mother. 2 suffix -like seeming to be, typical of: homelike, childlike
n.pl. likes and dislikes: personal preferences: We all have our likes and dislikes. like

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