[ lahy-kuh n ]
/ ˈlaɪ kən /

verb (used with object)

to represent as similar or like; compare: to liken someone to a weasel.

Origin of liken

First recorded in 1275–1325, liken is from the Middle English word liknen. See like1, -en1

Related forms

un·lik·ened, adjective

Can be confused

lichen liken Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for liken


/ (ˈlaɪkən) /


(tr) to see or represent as the same or similar; compare

Word Origin for liken

C14: from like 1 (adj)
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