Like is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand like (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use like in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of like, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of like, followed by 24 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination
EXAMPLES - Like in a Sentence
- _Enter_ Amintas, _drest like a Shepherd_, Urania _like (source)
- Law & Order is annoying in a lot of ways but I like shows *like* that. (source)
- She refused to believe that someone like that, could * like* someone * like* me. (source)
- *** Remember with us you can eat & drink what you like; read what you like; marry anyone you like; be gay if you like*** (source)
- So with quiet zest and humor he entered upon the plans of his adversaries, accepting his trial and sentence like -- _like (source)
- I would like - to have one job instead of three, to have some classes I feel really involved in, a boy I actually * like*. (source)
- I feel like my life is mostly "in place" ... except for having a job that I *love* ... hell, or even having a job that I *like* (source)
- IV. iii.180 (412,2) [With men like men] [W: vane-like] This is well imagined, but perhaps the poet may mean, with _men like_ common (source)
- I used to do a lot of my own maintenance (even fairly major things like struts and ball joints), but I don't * like* doing stuff like that. (source)
- And what I like even better than the Blue wave is this great Brown one breaking in the foreground -- so exactly _like_ water, isn't it, DICK? (source)
- There's one thing you like (* like* being the keyword here) to do more than practically anything else and, odds are, you're * really* good at. (source)
- Over there in the darkness, swarming in the fetid atmosphere of a crowded court were thousands like himself, yes, _like himself_, for he was one of them. (source)
- It was blue -- _No_, Bart thought, _that's just the light, it's more like red -- no, it can't be like_ both _of them at once, and it isn't really like either. (source)
- do you know that you can boil flaxseed with water until it becomes gooey..like egg whites? it actually looks like egg white when I try spooning the white liquid out. (source)
- Just like producers in the music industry, most writers and directors in Hollywood are simply work for hire yunno..like hoes that go from job to job in order to make a living. (source)
- "Schlegel did not like it," added Landor when telling the story himself -- very much as who should say, "I knocked him down with an unexpected blow of my fist, and he did not _like_ it!" (source)
- At least the new school had nothing like "money for soup" hahahahhahahahahaha....still think my ending for the teacher would have been better though..like she limped for a month after that! (source)
- He ate a little breakfast, though it was odious to him, and went out to meet again the lantern-jawed mountaineers, who, like him, -- _like him_, -- were drifting towards the Federal Building. (source)
- _If it begins to rain an Hour or two before Sun-rising, it is like to be fair_ before Noon, and so continue that Day, _but if the Rain begin an Hour or two after Sun-rising, it is like_ to Rain all that (source)
- The gratitude I feel for the surprise and the honor you have done me, I dare not venture to express either verbally or in writing, for I am _too far beneath you_, even if I _could_ or wished ever so ardently _to return like for like_. (source)
- A _Simile_ (from the Latin _similis_, like), is the likening of one thing to another, a statement of the resemblance of objects, acts, or relations; as "In his awful anger he was _like_ the storm-driven waves dashing against the rock." (source)
- Walpole's story of the French lady who asked for her lover's picture; and when he demurred observing that, if her husband were to see it, it might betray their secret -- "O dear, no," she said -- just like Mr. Macaulay -- "I _will have the picture_, but it _need not be like_!" (source)
- His hand as He passed, and to remember that the path He trod He has hallowed, and thus to find lingering fragrances and hidden strengths in the remembrance of Him as 'in all points tempted like as we are,' bearing grief _for_ us, bearing grief _with_ us, bearing grief _like_ us. (source)
- note that I am not taking your environment into account..that opens up too many more questions..so for this post, don't consider ideas like reading while listening to music, reading with the tv on in the background, etc..those kinda things would be good fodder for a separate post..like "does your reading environment affect your reading enjoyment?" (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 24 example sentences provided below is 67.0, which suggests that "like" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 45 synonyms for like.
according to, agnate, akin, alike, allied, allying, analogous, approximating, approximative, close, coextensive, cognate, commensurate, comparable, compatible, conforming, congeneric, congenerous, consistent, consonant, corresponding, double, equal, equaling, equivalent, homologous, identical, in the manner of, jibing, matching, much the same, near, not far from, not unlike, on the order of, parallel, related, relating, resembling, same, selfsame, such, twin, undifferentiated, uniform
We have 13 antonyms for like.
away, changing, different, dissimilar, divergent, far, inconsistent, mismatched, unalike, unequal, unfriendly, unlike, variable
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of like from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To find pleasant or attractive; enjoy.
- (verb-transitive) To want to have: would like some coffee.
- (verb-transitive) To feel about; regard: How do you like her nerve!
- (verb-transitive) Archaic To be pleasing to.
- (verb-intransitive) To have an inclination or a preference: If you like, we can meet you there.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) similar
- (adverb) for example, such as: to introduce an example or list of examples
- (noun) Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.
- (conjunction) as if; as though
- (preposition) Somewhat similar to, reminiscent of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Having the same, or nearly the same, appearance, qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar to; similar; alike; -- often with in and the particulars of the resemblance.
- (adjective) Equal, or nearly equal.
- (adjective) Having probability; affording probability; probable; likely.
- (adjective) Inclined toward; disposed to.
- (adverb) In a manner like that of; in a manner similar to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Of similar form, appearance, or quality; of corresponding kind, amount, extent, degree, etc.; corresponding; equal or equivalent; analogous; agreeing in some noticeable respect: as, territory of like extent; two men of like pursuits and tastes.
- (None) Having resemblance; similar in any respect; resembling: followed by to or a dative case (sometimes by as), the word or phrase governed by to being, however, often omitted: as, they are as like (to each other) as two peas.
- (None) Likely; liable.
- (None) Synonyms Allied, cognate, analogous, parallel.
- (noun) A person or thing resembling another; a counterpart; a resemblance; a similar character, condition, or example.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination
- (verb) want to have
- (verb) prefer or wish to do something
- (adjective) equal in amount or value
- (verb) be fond of