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/ ˈlaɪkˌwaɪz /
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moreover; in addition; also; too: She is likewise a fine lawyer.
in like manner; in the same way; similarly: I'm tempted to do likewise.
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Origin of likewise

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; earlier in like wise “in a like way;” see like1, wise2
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What does likewise mean?

Likewise can mean also, in addition, moreover, similarly, or in the same way.

Likewise can also be used to mean something like “me too” or “the same thing you just said.” When used this way, it’s typically used by itself as a one-word response to a statement. For example, if someone says, “It was nice you meet you,” you could simply reply, “Likewise!”

Example: I think we work well together, and I hope you feel likewise.

Where does likewise come from?

The first records of likewise come from the 1400s. It’s a condensed form of the Late Middle English phrase in like wise, meaning “in a similar way.” The -wise part of the word doesn’t refer to wisdom but instead indicates a manner or position, as seen in words like otherwise.

Based on its meaning, likewise can be used in a sentence in various ways. Sometimes, it appears at the very beginning of a sentence in reference to the previous sentence, such as when it’s used to mean “similarly,” as in Most writers are avid readers. Likewise, most chefs love trying new foods. Sometimes, it’s used in the middle of the sentence, such as when it’s used to mean “also,” as in I hope this year is joyful and likewise brings you success. Sometimes, it comes at the end of a sentence, such as when it means something like “the same,” as in He said we should budget better and I feel likewise.

Commonly, likewise can stand on its own as a sentence substitute, meaning it can express a complete thought by itself. In this use, it is often intended to be polite or enthusiastic. For example, in response to a statement like I would love to get together for lunch soon, you could say Likewise! 

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How is likewise used in real life?

Likewise can be used in all different kinds of ways. It usually indicates some kind of agreement, similarity, or parallel situation.



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Is likewise used correctly in the following conversation? 

“I think we’d better head back before the sun sets,” Kate said.
Likewise,” Lauren said. “We don’t want to be out here in the dark.”

How to use likewise in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for likewise

/ (ˈlaɪkˌwaɪz) /

in addition; moreover; also
in like manner; similarly
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