[lahy-kuh n]

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 formsun·lik·ened, adjective
Can be confusedlichen liken Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for likened

Contemporary Examples of likened

Historical Examples of likened

  • She was small and slender, but no one had ever likened her to a flower.


    W. A. Fraser

  • This is what I likened to an embattled phalanx, once before.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The thirst of the snow fields is most agonizing, and can only be likened to the thirst of the desert.

  • None other can be likened to it in the history of our existence as a republic.

  • The soul of man is likened to a charioteer and two steeds, one mortal, the other immortal.



British Dictionary definitions for likened



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

Word Origin for liken

C14: from like 1 (adj)
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Word Origin and History for likened



late 13c., "to represent as like," from like (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Likened; likening.

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