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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Like
  1. Having the same, or nearly the same, appearance, qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar to; similar; alike; -- often with in and the particulars of the resemblance; as, they are like each other in features, complexion, and many traits of character."'T is as like you As cherry is to cherry." [Shak.]" Like master, like man." [Old Prov.]"He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes." [Ps. cxlvii. 16.]
  2. Equal, or nearly equal; as, fields of like extent."More clergymen were impoverished by the late war than ever in the like space before." [Sprat.]
  3. Having probability; affording probability; probable; likely."But it is like the jolly world about us will scoff at the paradox of these practices." [South.]"Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules." [Clarendon.]
  4. Inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like taking a walk." Had like to have been my utter overthrow." [Sir W. Raleigh]"Ramona had like to have said the literal truth, . . . but recollected herself in time." [Mrs. H. H. Jackson.]

Note: To, which formerly often followed like, is now usually omitted.

Note: Like is used as a suffix, converting nouns into adjectives expressing resemblance to the noun; as, man like, like a man; child like, like a child; god like, like a god, etc. Such compounds are readily formed whenever convenient, and several, as crescentlike serpentlike hairlike, etc., are used in this book, although, in some cases, not entered in the vocabulary. Such combinations as bell-like ball-like, etc., are hyphened.

Usage: Likely is more used now

Etymology: OE. lik ilik gelic, AS. gelīc, fr. pref. ge- + līc body, and orig. meaning, having the same body, shape, or appearance, and hence, like; akin to OS. gilīk, D. gelijk, G. gleich, OHG. gilīh, Icel. līkr glīkr, Dan. lig, Sw. lik, Goth. galeiks, OS. lik body, D. lijk, G. leiche, Icel. līk, Sw. lik, Goth. leik. The English adverbial ending-ly is from the same adjective. Cf. Each Such Which

noun Like
  1. That which is equal or similar to another; the counterpart; an exact resemblance; a copy."He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again." [Shak.]
  2. A liking; a preference; inclination; -- usually in pl.; as, we all have likes and dislikes.
  3. [Golf] The stroke which equalizes the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side; as, to play the like .
adverb Like
  1. In a manner like that of; in a manner similar to; as, do not act like him."He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man." [Job xii. 25.]
  2. In a like or similar manner." Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him." [Ps. ciii. 13.]
  3. Likely; probably." Likeenough it will." [Shak.]

Note: Like, as here used, is regarded by some grammarians as a preposition.

Etymology: AS. gelīce. See Like (a.)

verb Like
  1. To suit; to please; to be agreeable to.(Obs)"Cornwall him liked best, therefore he chose there." [R. of Gloucester.]"I willingly confess that it likes me much better when I find virtue in a fair lodging than when I am bound to seek it in an ill-favored creature." [Sir P. Sidney.]
  2. To be pleased with in a moderate degree; to approve; to take satisfaction in; to enjoy."He proceeded from looking to liking, and from liking to loving." [Sir P. Sidney.]
  3. To liken; to compare.(Obs)" Like me to the peasant boys of France." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. liken to please, AS. līcian gelīcian, fr. gelīc. See Like (a.)

verb Like
  1. To be pleased; to choose."He may either go or stay, as he best likes." [Locke.]
  2. To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition).(Obs)"You like well, and bear your years very well." [Shak.]
  3. To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly; as, he liked to have been too late. Cf. Had like, under Like (a.) (Colloq)"He probably got his death, as he liked to have done two years ago, by viewing the troops for the expedition from the wall of Kensington Garden." [Walpole.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A kind of person ("We'll not see his like again")
  2. A similar kind ("dogs, foxes, and the like" and "we don't want the likes of you around here")
  3. Feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard ("How did you like the President's speech last night?")
  4. Be fond of ("I like my nephews")
  5. Find enjoyable or agreeable ("I like jogging" and "She likes to read Russian novels")
  6. Prefer or wish to do something ("Would you like to come along to the movies?")
  7. Want to have ("I'd like a beer now!")
  8. Resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination ("suits of like design", "a limited circle of like minds", "members of the cat family have like dispositions", "as like as two peas in a pod", "doglike devotion", and "a dreamlike quality")
  9. Having the same or similar characteristics ("all politicians are alike", "they looked utterly alike", and "friends are generally alike in background and taste")
  10. Equal in amount or value ("like amounts" and "gave one six blows and the other a like number")
  11. Conforming in every respect ("the like period of the preceding year")

From Middle English liken, from Old English līcian (“to please; be sufficient”), from Proto-Germanic *līkijaną (“to please”), from Proto-Indo-European *līg-, *leyg- (“image; likeness; similarity”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian liekje (“to be similar, resemble”), Dutch lijken (“to seem”), German Low German lieken (“to be like; resemble”), German gleichen (“to resemble”), Swedish lika (“to like; put up with; align with”), Norwegian like (“to like”), Icelandic líka (“to like”).

  1. (usually in the plural) Something that a person likes (prefers).
    Tell me your and dislikes.
  2. (Internet) An individual vote showing support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet.

From Middle English like, lyke, from Old English ġelīċ by shortening, influenced by Old Norse líkr. Related to alike; more distantly, with lich and -ly. Cognate with West Frisian like (“like; as”), Saterland Frisian gliek (“like”), Danish lig (“alike”), Dutch gelijk (“like, alike”), German gleich (“equal, like”), Icelandic líkur (“alike, like, similar”), Norwegian lik (“like, alike”) Swedish lik (“like, similar”)

  1. (sometimes as ) Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.
    There were bowls full of sweets, chocolates and the .
    It was something the of which I had never seen before.
  2. (golf) The stroke that equalizes the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side.
    to play the

    like was also found in the following language(s): French, German, Hawaiian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Scots, Spanish, and Swedish

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Like

    Karen was born on October 14th, 1966 in Cinderford. Karen is also known as Davies and Karen.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Like U.S.
      White 81.30% 64.26%
      African American 9.52% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.03% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 4.63% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Like

    People with the last name Like are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Like

    • How Popular is the name Like? Like is the 79,236th most popular name of all time. As a last name Like was the 21,878th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Like have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6 babies born with the first name Like in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Like? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1983 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Like first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Like is Tuesday, December 1st, 1914.
    • What year had the most people named Like born? The highest recorded use of the first name Like was in 1983 with a total of 6 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Like: Your name in reverse order is Ekil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ikle. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Like? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,187 people with the last name Like.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Like? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Like as their last name since less than 1 person in 250k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
    • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.