to represent as similar or like; compare: to liken someone to a weasel.
- un·lik·ened, adjective
- lichen, liken
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How to use liken in a sentence
Flynn likens the journey of gay Iranians refugees to “eternal purgatory.”
Moss likens the process of accelerated urban change to climate change.The End of New York: How One Blog Tracks the Disappearance of a Vibrant City | Tim Teeman | August 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ojile likens it to chronic sleep deprivation: An occasional all-nighter is rough, but you bounce back.
Dr. Morris likens circumcision to vaccination by comparing the risk to others caused by refusing either intervention.Circumcision Has Health Benefits, but Doctors Should Leave the Decision Up to Parents | Russell Saunders | April 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a program she likens to the forced assimilation of Native Americans through government-run boarding schools.American Gypsies Are a Persecuted Minority That Is Starting to Fight Back | Nina Strochlic | December 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He likens the walls to the page of a book, in which the glose, or commentary, was often written in the margin.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
He attributes much to the imprudence, or imbecility of the enemy, whose plan of saving an army he likens to Sterne's marble sheet.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
Lamed, like many others, likens Mark Twain to Lincoln in various of his characteristics.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
Ovid, in his exile at Tomi, likens the "external remorse of its cares" which his heart feels to the gnawing of the tinea.
The Poet likens her to a Goddess, and places her in surroundings which are to set off her divine appearance.Homer's Odyssey | Denton J. Snider
British Dictionary definitions for liken
(tr) to see or represent as the same or similar; compare
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