verb (used with object)
to represent as similar or like; compare: to liken someone to a weasel.

1275–1325; Middle English liknen. See like1, -en1

unlikened, adjective

lichen, liken. Unabridged
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liken (ˈlaɪkən)
(tr) to see or represent as the same or similar; compare
[C14: from like1 (adj)]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "to represent as like," from like (adj.).
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Example sentences
In some ways the subdural space may be likened to a serous cavity.
We have likened the dream to the night watchman or sleep-defender who wishes to
  protect our sleep from being disturbed.
For there can scarcely be one that to her may be likened in bearing.
Hurricanes have been likened to machines that convert the warmth of tropical
  oceans into wind and waves.
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