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liken

[ lahy-kuhn ]
/ ˈlaɪ kən /
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verb (used with object)

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

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Origin of liken

First recorded in 1275–1325, liken is from the Middle English word liknen.See like1, -en1
un·lik·ened, adjective
lichen, liken
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British Dictionary definitions for liken

liken
/ (ˈlaɪkən) /

verb

(tr) to see or represent as the same or similar; compare
C14: from like 1 (adj)
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