[ dis-lahyk ]
/ dɪsˈlaɪk /
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verb (used with object), dis·liked, dis·lik·ing.

to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.


a feeling of aversion; antipathy: a strong dislike for Bach.



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Origin of dislike

First recorded in 1545–55; dis-1 + like2

synonym study for dislike

2. Dislike, disgust, distaste, repugnance imply antipathy toward something. Dislike is a general word, sometimes connoting an inherent or permanent feeling of antipathy for something: to have a dislike for crowds. Disgust connotes a feeling of loathing for what is offensive to the feelings and sensibilities: He felt disgust at seeing such ostentation. Distaste implies a more or less settled dislike: to have distaste for spicy foods, for hard work. Repugnance is a strong feeling of aversion for, and antagonism toward, something: to feel repugnance for (or toward ) low criminals.


dis·lik·a·ble, dis·like·a·ble, adjectivepre·dis·like, noun, verb (used with object), pre·dis·liked, pre·dis·lik·ing.self-dis·like, nounself-dis·liked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dislike

/ (dɪsˈlaɪk) /


(tr) to consider unpleasant or disagreeable


a feeling of aversion or antipathy

Derived forms of dislike

dislikable or dislikeable, adjective
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