like to

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Re-analysis of like (to) (an adjective meaning "likely") as an adverb. (Forms like liked to and would have liked to are from re-analysis as a verb.)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Southern US) IPA(key): [laɪk.tə], [laːk.tə]

Adverb[edit]

like to (not comparable)

  1. (Southern US) nearly; almost
    • 1995, Elizabeth Kytle, The Voices of Robby Wilde, page 204:
      And the wall facing the hall was almost all glass. It looked more like a store display window than a room. Rob didn't know about all this until a week later when she was back on her ward; but when she told him, he like to died.

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