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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 of liken
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English liknen. See like1, -en1
Related forms
unlikened, adjective
Can be confused
lichen, liken.
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  • Though she did not, of course, carry the simile so far as to liken Johnny Jewel to the Grandmother.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • "You do well to liken yourself to the melancholy Jaques," she replied.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • It is an insult to that strong narcotic to liken any other repose to that he gives.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
  • There are descriptions of the creeper's music which liken it to a wren's.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • For convenience as an image, the theory may liken man to a spider in its web, watching for chance prey.

  • It's no that difficult to busk the hooks; maybe you would be liken' to try.

    Morag Janet Milne Rae
  • However, at the time whereof I write I doubt whether it had ever occurred to anyone to liken him to an ant.

    Old Judge Priest Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for liken

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 liken
v.

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

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