liken

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English[edit]

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From Middle English liken (to compare; to be comparable, be equal; to form; to be appropriate), equivalent to like +‎ -en.

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liken (third-person singular simple present likens, present participle likening, simple past and past participle likened)

  1. (transitive, followed by to or unto) To compare; to state that (something) is like (something else).
    • 2013 June 21, Chico Harlan, “Japan pockets the subsidy …”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 30: 
      Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."
    The physics teacher likened the effect of mass on space to an indentation in a sheet of rubber.

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Middle Dutch[edit]

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liken

  1. Alternative form of geliken
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Dutch *līkon, from Proto-Germanic *līkijaną.

Verb[edit]

liken

  1. to please, (in archaic English usage) to like
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liken

  1. definite singular of like
  2. definite plural of lik