- to take pleasure in; find agreeable or congenial: We all liked the concert.
- 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.
- to wish or prefer: You can do exactly as you like while you are a guest here.
- Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter) to indicate one’s enjoyment of, agreement with, or interest in (website content, especially in social media): Share your posts so your friends can like them or leave a comment. Like us on Facebook to get a free sample.
- to feel inclined; wish: We'll have lunch whenever you like.
- Archaic. to suit the tastes or wishes; please.
- Usually likes. the things a person likes: a long list of likes and dislikes.
- Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter)
- an instance of indicating one’s liking of specific website content: I see my comment got lots of likes.
- a feature or option, usually a button, that enables this: I installed a Like on my blog so you can subscribe to updates.
- Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a feature used to like specific website content: a Like button; like boxes.
- would like. would1(def 10).
Origin of like2
Examples from the Web for liked
Contemporary Examples of liked
I liked it because it was like my life coming back together.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
They liked what Duke was saying and were willing to look beyond what little they knew of his past.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
He was a great lover of the navy, and he liked me because of it.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
She actually had never been to a Deer Tick show before, but she liked it a lot.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
You have no idea how much I would have liked to be able to chat with you face to face.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
Historical Examples of liked
"He asked me if I liked white kids," answered the blushing peasant.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"It certainly is nice to be liked," returned Kathleen softly.
"You force me to touch on things I should have liked to keep hidden," said Austin.Viviette
William J. Locke
He liked her because he loved Priscilla; but he wanted her to like him, not because of Priscilla, but for himself.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Ma nearly had a spasm, but she liked the looks of things when we had finished.
- (prenominal) similar; resembling
- similar to; similarly to; in the manner ofacting like a maniac; he's so like his father
- used correlatively to express similarity in certain proverbslike mother, like daughter
- such asthere are lots of ways you might amuse yourself — like taking a long walk, for instance
- a dialect word for likely
- not standard as it were: often used as a parenthetic fillerthere was this policeman just staring at us, like
- be like … informal used to introduce direct speech or nonverbal communicationI was like, ‘You're kidding!’
- not standard as though; as ifyou look like you've just seen a ghost
- in the same way as; in the same way thatshe doesn't dance like you do
- the equal or counterpart of a person or thing, esp one respected or prizedcompare like with like; her like will never be seen again
- the like similar thingsdogs, foxes, and the like
- the likes of or the like of people or things similar to (someone or something specified)we don't want the likes of you around here
Word Origin for like
- (tr) to find (something) enjoyable or agreeable or find it enjoyable or agreeable (to do something)he likes boxing; he likes to hear music
- (tr) to be fond of
- (tr) to prefer or wish (to do something)we would like you to go
- (tr) to feel towards; consider; regardhow did she like it?
- (intr) to feel disposed or inclined; choose; wish
- (tr) archaic to please; agree withit likes me not to go
- (usually plural) a favourable feeling, desire, preference, etc (esp in the phrase likes and dislikes)
Word Origin for like
Word Origin and History for liked
c.1200, "a similar thing" (to another), from like (adj.).
"having the same characteristics or qualities" (as another), Middle English shortening of Old English gelic "like, similar," from Proto-Germanic *galika- "having the same form," literally "with a corresponding body" (cf. Old Saxon gilik, Dutch gelijk, German gleich, Gothic galeiks "equally, like"), a compound of *ga- "with, together" + Germanic base *lik- "body, form; like, same" (cf. Old English lic "body," German Leiche "corpse," Danish lig, Swedish lik, Dutch lijk "body, corpse"). Analogous, etymologically, to Latin conform. The modern form (rather than *lich) may be from a northern descendant of the Old English word's Norse cognate, glikr.
Formerly with comparative liker and superlative likest (still in use 17c.). The preposition (c.1200) and the adverb (c.1300) both are from the adjective. As a conjunction, first attested early 16c. The word has been used as a postponed filler ("going really fast, like") from 1778; as a presumed emphatic ("going, like, really fast") from 1950, originally in counterculture slang and bop talk. Phrase more like it "closer to what is desired" is from 1888.
Old English lician "to please, be sufficient," from Proto-Germanic *likjan (cf. Old Norse lika, Old Frisian likia, Old High German lihhen, Gothic leikan "to please"), from *lik- "body, form; like, same."
The basic meaning seems to be "to be like" (see like (adj.)), thus, "to be suitable." Like (and dislike) originally flowed the other way: It likes me, where we would say I like it. The modern flow began to appear late 14c. (cf. please).
Idioms and Phrases with liked
In addition to the idioms beginning with like
- like a bat out of hell
- like a bump on a log
- like a cat on hot bricks
- like a champ
- like a chicken with its head cut off
- like a drowned rat
- like a fish out of water
- like a house afire
- like a lamb to the slaughter
- like anything
- like a shot
- like as not
- like as two peas in a pod
- like a ton of bricks
- like clockwork
- like crazy
- like death warmed over
- like father, like son
- like fun
- like gangbusters
- like greased lightning
- like hell
- like hot cakes, go
- like it or lump it
- likely as not
- like mad
- like nobody's business
- like nothing on earth
- like pigs in clover
- like pulling teeth
- like rolling off a log
- like shooting fish in a barrel
- likes of, the
- like something the cat dragged in
- like that
- like to
- like water off a duck's back
- and the like
- avoid like the plague
- come up (smelling like) roses
- crazy like a fox
- drink like a fish
- drop like flies
- Dutch uncle, talk to like a
- eat like a bird
- feel like
- (like a) fish out of water
- fit like a glove
- fly on the wall, would like to be a
- get on (like a house afire)
- go out (like a light)
- go over (like a lead balloon)
- grin like a Cheshire cat
- (drop like a) hot potato
- just like that
- know like a book
- live like a king
- look like a million dollars
- look like death
- look like something the cat dragged in
- look like the cat that ate the canary
- make out like a bandit
- manna from heaven, like
- mind like a steel trap
- need like a hole in the head
- no fool like an old fool
- not anything like
- no time like the present
- out like a light
- packed in like sardines
- sleep like a log
- something like
- spread like wildfire
- stick out (like a sore thumb)
- swear like a trooper
- take to (like a duck to water)
- tell it like it is
- treat like dirt
- turn up like a bad penny
- wail like a banshee
- watch like a hawk
- work like a beaver
- work like a charm