—adj. 1. of the same form, appearance, kind, character, amount, etc.: I cannot remember a like instance. 2. corresponding or agreeing in general or in some noticeable respect; similar; analogous: drawing, painting, and like arts. 3. bearing resemblance.
4. Dial.likely: 'Tis like that he's gone mad. 5. Dial.about: The poor chap seemed like to run away. 6. something like,Informal.something approaching or approximating: It looked something like this.
—prep. 1. in like manner with; similarly to; in the manner characteristic of: He works like a beaver. 2. resembling (someone or something): He is just like his father. Your necklace is just like mine. 3. characteristic of: It would be like him to forget our appointment. 4. as if there is promise of; indicative of: It looks like rain. 5. as if someone or something gives promise of being: She looks like a good prospect for the job. 6. disposed or inclined to (usually prec. by feel): to feel like going to bed. 7. similar or comparable to: There is nothing like a cold drink of water when one is thirsty. What was he like? 8. (used correlatively to indicate similarity through relationship): like father, like son. 9. (used to establish an intensifying, often facetious, comparison): sleeping like a log. 10. as; such as: There are numerous hobbies you might enjoy, like photography or painting. 11. like anything,Informal.very much; extremely; with great intensity: He wanted like anything to win.
—adv. 1. nearly; closely; approximately: The house is more like 40 than 20 years old. 2. Informal.likely or probably: Like enough he'll come with us. Like as not her leg is broken. 3. Nonstandard. a. as it were; in a way; somehow.
b. to a degree; more or less: standing against the wall, looking very tough like.
—conj. 1. in the same way as; just as; as: It happened like you might expect it would. 2. as if: He acted like he was afraid. The car runs like new. 3. Informal.(used esp. after forms ofbeto introduce reported speech or thought): She's like, "I don't believe it," and I'm like, "No, it's true!"
—n. 1. a similar or comparable person or thing, or like persons or things; counterpart, match, or equal (usually prec. by a possessive adjective or the): No one has seen his like in a long time. Like attracts like. 2. kind; sort; type; ilk (usually prec. by a possessive adjective): I despise moochers and their like. 3. the like,something of a similar nature: They grow oranges, lemons, and the like. 4. the like or likes of, someone or something similar to; the equal of: I've never seen the like of it anywhere.
—v.i. like to or liked to,South Midland and Southern U.S.was on the verge of or came close to (doing something): The poor kid like to froze.
—interj. Informal.(used esp. in speech, often nonvolitionally or habitually, to preface a sentence, to fill a pause, to express uncertainty, or to intensify or neutralize a following adjective): Like, why didn't you write to me? The music was, like, really great, you know?
—v.t. 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.
—v.i. 1. to feel inclined; wish: We'll have lunch whenever you like. 2. Archaic.to suit the tastes or wishes; please.
3. would like. See would (def. 10).
—n. Usually, likes. the things a person likes: a long list of likes and dislikes.
a suffixal use of like1 in the formation of adjectives (childlike; lifelike), sometimes hyphenated.