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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [lahy-king]
    • /ˈlaɪ kɪŋ/
    • /ˈlaɪ.kɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [lahy-king]
    • /ˈlaɪ kɪŋ/

Definitions of liking word

  • noun liking Usually, likes. the things a person likes: a long list of likes and dislikes. 1
  • noun liking Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter) an instance of indicating one’s liking of specific website content: I see my comment got lots of likes. a feature or option, usually a button, that enables this: I installed a Like on my blog so you can subscribe to updates. 1
  • verb with object liking to take pleasure in; find agreeable or congenial: We all liked the concert. 1
  • verb with object liking to regard with favor; have a kindly or friendly feeling for (a person, group, etc.); find attractive: His parents like me and I like them. 1
  • verb with object liking to wish or prefer: You can do exactly as you like while you are a guest here. 1
  • verb with object liking Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter) to indicate one’s enjoyment of, agreement with, or interest in (website content, especially in social media): Share your posts so your friends can like them or leave a comment. Like us on Facebook to get a free sample. 1

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Origin of liking

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English līcung. See like2, -ing1

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Parts of speech for Liking


liking popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

liking usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for liking

noun liking

  • affinity — If you have an affinity with someone or something, you feel that you are similar to them or that you know and understand them very well.
  • love — a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
  • bent — Bent is the past tense and past participle of bend.
  • mind — (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind.
  • fancy — imagination or fantasy, especially as exercised in a capricious manner.

adjective liking

  • valuing — relative worth, merit, or importance: the value of a college education; the value of a queen in chess.
  • minded — having a certain kind of mind (usually used in combination): strong-minded.
  • warm-hearted — having or showing sympathy, affection, kindness, cordiality, etc.: a warm-hearted welcome.
  • loving — feeling or showing love; warmly affectionate; fond: loving glances.

Antonyms for liking

noun liking

  • dislike — to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.
  • hate — to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  • hatred — the feeling of one who hates; intense dislike or extreme aversion or hostility.
  • disinclination — the absence of inclination; reluctance; unwillingness.
  • indifference — lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.

adjective liking

  • loathsome — causing feelings of loathing; disgusting; revolting; repulsive: a loathsome skin disease.
  • retaliatory — to return like for like, especially evil for evil: to retaliate for an injury.
  • vengeful — desiring or seeking vengeance; vindictive: a vengeful attitude.
  • averse — If you say that you are not averse to something, you mean that you quite like it or quite want to do it.
  • malicious — full of, characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful; spiteful: malicious gossip.

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