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liking

[lahy-king] /ˈlaɪ kɪŋ/
noun
1.
preference, inclination, or favor:
to show a liking for privacy.
2.
pleasure or taste:
much to his liking.
3.
the state or feeling of a person who likes.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English līcung. See like2, -ing1
Related forms
overliking, noun
self-liking, adjective, noun
underliking, noun
Synonyms
1. leaning, propensity, predilection, partiality, fondness, affection.
Antonyms
1. antipathy.

like2

[lahyk] /laɪk/
verb (used with object), liked, liking.
1.
to take pleasure in; find agreeable or congenial:
We all liked the concert.
2.
to regard with favor; have a kindly or friendly feeling for (a person, group, etc.); find attractive:
His parents like me and I like them.
3.
to wish or prefer:
You can do exactly as you like while you are a guest here.
4.
Digital Technology, (sometimes initial capital letter) to indicate one’s enjoyment of, agreement with, or interest in (website content, especially in social media): Share your posts so your friends can like them or leave a comment.
Like us on Facebook to get a free sample.
verb (used without object), liked, liking.
5.
to feel inclined; wish:
We'll have lunch whenever you like.
6.
Archaic. to suit the tastes or wishes; please.
noun
7.
Usually, likes. the things a person likes:
a long list of likes and dislikes.
8.
Digital Technology, (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. an instance of indicating one’s liking of specific website content:
    I see my comment got lots of likes.
  2. a feature or option, usually a button, that enables this:
    I installed a Like on my blog so you can subscribe to updates.
adjective
9.
Digital Technology, (sometimes initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a feature used to like specific website content: a Like button;
like boxes.
Idioms
10.
would like. would1 (def 10).
Origin
before 900; Middle English liken, Old English līcian; cognate with Dutch lijken, Old Norse līka; see like1
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Examples from the web for liking
  • The charm here lies in the toppings, which diners can customize to their liking.
  • Have partygoers ladle soup into mugs or small bowls, and offer condiments so they can tailor each soup to their liking.
  • We suggest you make a small batch first and adjust the recipe to your liking.
  • When the flower is aligned to your liking, press it firmly to secure it and remove any wrinkles or air pockets.
  • Riders that appreciate the perfect turn will take a liking to this snowboard instantly.
  • He attends to every detail, and he has the funds to remake the capital to his liking.
  • The solutions that the cable car companies find may not always be to the liking of the geologists.
  • At first, they were a little too tight for his liking.
  • Anyone liking his product cannot be satisfied by the results and will use any occasion to retouch his work.
  • She is banned from the bedrooms because she has a major liking for shoes and the kids toys.
British Dictionary definitions for liking

liking

/ˈlaɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
the feeling of a person who likes; fondness
2.
a preference, inclination, or pleasure

like1

/laɪk/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) similar; resembling
preposition
2.
similar to; similarly to; in the manner of: acting like a maniac, he's so like his father
3.
used correlatively to express similarity in certain proverbs: like mother, like daughter
4.
such as: there are lots of ways you might amuse yourself — like taking a long walk, for instance
adverb
5.
a dialect word for likely
6.
(not standard) as it were: often used as a parenthetic filler: there was this policeman just staring at us, like
7.
(informal) be like …, used to introduce direct speech or nonverbal communication: I was like, ‘You're kidding!’
conjunction
8.
(not standard) as though; as if: you look like you've just seen a ghost
9.
in the same way as; in the same way that: she doesn't dance like you do
noun
10.
the equal or counterpart of a person or thing, esp one respected or prized: compare like with like, her like will never be seen again
11.
the like, similar things: dogs, foxes, and the like
12.
the likes of, the like of, people or things similar to (someone or something specified): we don't want the likes of you around here
Usage note
The use of like to mean such as was formerly thought to be undesirable in formal writing, but has now become acceptable. It was also thought that as rather than like should be used to mean in the same way that, but now both as and like are acceptable: they hunt and catch fish as/like their ancestors used to. The use of look like and seem like before a clause, although very common, is thought by many people to be incorrect or non-standard: it looks as though he won't come (not it looks like he won't come)
Word Origin
shortened from Old English gelīc; compare Old Norse glīkr and līkr like

like2

/laɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to find (something) enjoyable or agreeable or find it enjoyable or agreeable (to do something): he likes boxing, he likes to hear music
2.
(transitive) to be fond of
3.
(transitive) to prefer or wish (to do something): we would like you to go
4.
(transitive) to feel towards; consider; regard: how did she like it?
5.
(intransitive) to feel disposed or inclined; choose; wish
6.
(transitive) (archaic) to please; agree with: it likes me not to go
noun
7.
(usually pl) a favourable feeling, desire, preference, etc (esp in the phrase likes and dislikes)
Word Origin
Old English līcian; related to Old Norse līka, Dutch lijken
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Word Origin and History for liking

like

adj.

"having the same characteristics or qualities" (as another), Middle English shortening of Old English gelic "like, similar," from Proto-Germanic *galika- "having the same form," literally "with a corresponding body" (cf. Old Saxon gilik, Dutch gelijk, German gleich, Gothic galeiks "equally, like"), a compound of *ga- "with, together" + Germanic base *lik- "body, form; like, same" (cf. Old English lic "body," German Leiche "corpse," Danish lig, Swedish lik, Dutch lijk "body, corpse"). Analogous, etymologically, to Latin conform. The modern form (rather than *lich) may be from a northern descendant of the Old English word's Norse cognate, glikr.

Formerly with comparative liker and superlative likest (still in use 17c.). The preposition (c.1200) and the adverb (c.1300) both are from the adjective. As a conjunction, first attested early 16c. The word has been used as a postponed filler ("going really fast, like") from 1778; as a presumed emphatic ("going, like, really fast") from 1950, originally in counterculture slang and bop talk. Phrase more like it "closer to what is desired" is from 1888.

v.

Old English lician "to please, be sufficient," from Proto-Germanic *likjan (cf. Old Norse lika, Old Frisian likia, Old High German lihhen, Gothic leikan "to please"), from *lik- "body, form; like, same."

The basic meaning seems to be "to be like" (see like (adj.)), thus, "to be suitable." Like (and dislike) originally flowed the other way: It likes me, where we would say I like it. The modern flow began to appear late 14c. (cf. please).

n.

c.1200, "a similar thing" (to another), from like (adj.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for liking

like

adverb

As if; really; you know; sort of •A generalized

modifier

used to lend a somewhat tentative and detached tone to the speaker, to give the speaker time to rally words and ideas: Like I was like groovin' like, you know what I mean? (1950s+ Counterculture & bop talk)

verb

To pick; bet on: I liked Felton. I took his folder and read it again (1950s+)

Related Terms

make like


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