liken

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

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

unlikened, adjective

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

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liken
late 13c., "to represent as like," from like (adj.).
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Example sentences
All pods use effective, cooperative hunting techniques that some liken to the
  behavior of wolf packs.
Researchers liken that step to rebooting a computer, because a genome is akin
  an operating system that makes a cell function.
They may feel the brunt of their position, but one may liken them to the
  proverbial mouse in the maze: they lack the aerial view.
Ostriches are descendants of dinosaurs, and the researchers liken ostrich
  movements to those of bipedal dinosaurs.
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