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liken

[lahy-kuh n] /ˈlaɪ kən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to represent as similar or like; compare:
to liken someone to a weasel.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English liknen. See like1, -en1
Related forms
unlikened, adjective
Can be confused
lichen, liken.
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  • 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.
  • Some reports have likened the operation to a human zoo.
  • Researchers likened the resonant effects to those of organ pipes.
  • Crone likened the sound to that made by spraying a garden hose against the wall of a house.
  • Scientists have likened weaver ant communication to a type of language with primitive syntax.
  • The procedure has been likened to being bitten by five or six small dogs.
  • The weathered chunks exude a sweet, earthy aroma likened to tobacco, pine or mulch.
British Dictionary definitions for likened

liken

/ˈlaɪkən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to see or represent as the same or similar; compare
Word Origin
C14: from like1 (adj)
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Word Origin and History for likened

liken

v.

late 13c., "to represent as like," from like (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Likened; likening.

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