From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdislikedis‧like1 /dɪsˈlaɪk/ ●●○ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 DON'T LIKEto think someone or something is unpleasant and not like them opp like 🔊 Why do you dislike her so much?dislike doing something 🔊 I dislike being the centre of attention.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say don’t like rather than dislike:Why don’t you like her?He doesn’t like being criticized.GrammarPatterns with dislikeDislike is used with an -ing form, not an infinitive. You dislike doing something: I dislike eating dinner alone.✗Don’t say: I dislike to eat dinner alone.Using the progressiveDislike is not used in the progressive. You say: Tell us what you dislike about it.✗Don’t say: Tell us what you are disliking about it.THESAURUSdislike to not like someone or something. Dislike is stronger than not like, and is used especially in written EnglishShe disliked him as soon as she met him.Chemistry was the only subject he disliked at school.not likeWhy did you invite Claire? You know I don’t like her.I don’t really like getting up in the morning when it’s dark.not be very keen on something informal (also not be very fond of something) especially British English used to say that you do not like something, but in a polite or gentle wayI’m not very keen on Chinese food.She’s never been very fond of his books.not think much of somebody/something to not like someone or something because you do not have a good opinion of themWe’ve tried that restaurant twice and we don’t think much of it.I worked with him for years and I didn’t think much of him.not be somebody’s kind of thing (also not be somebody’s cup of tea) informal to not be the kind of thing you enjoy – used about activities, films, books etcDetective stories aren’t really my kind of thing.go off somebody/something British English informal to stop liking someone or something that you used to likeDan and I went out together for six months and then I just went off him.put somebody off somebody/something British English to make you stop liking someone or somethingI was terrible at sport at school and it totally put me off doing any kind of exercise.→ See Verb table
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dislike• I forget now why we disliked each other, but starecontests were definitely the weapons of choice.• I dislike having to get up so early in the morning.• She now seriously disliked her formerfriend.• When Jane arrives, Emma determines to dislike her no longer, but to admire her elegance and virtue instead.• Hicks had discovered that people disliked his looking at them directly and, out of courtesy, he often refrained.• Muriel disliked Paul intensely.• Born in Silvertown, within sound of the old boat-builders' yards, he dislikedsilence.• Eldridge was a quiet man who disliked social occasions.• I mean, that really, I really dislike that.• She disliked the smell of his scent, but was determined to do her duty.• When Koju visited with the jeep, he noted this and he disliked them for it.• I have got to the stage where I totally dislike them, so it is off to the opticians next week.dislike doing something• Many men dislike shopping.dislikedis‧like2 /dɪsˈlaɪk, ˈdɪslaɪk/ ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable, uncountable]DON'T LIKE a feeling of not liking someone or something opp likingdislike of 🔊 She shared her mother’s dislike of housework.dislike for 🔊 Truman had a strong dislike for communism.intense/acute/violent etc dislike (=very strong dislike) 🔊 His colleagues regarded him with intense dislike. 🔊 They took an instant dislike to each other (=they disliked each other immediately).2 →dislikes
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dislike• Churchhill was said to have a dislike for unnecessaryformality.• This is when likes and dislikes of others are first expressed.• They took an immediatedislike to one another.• An interviewer who happens to be very short may take an instantdislike to having a generalmanager who is much taller.• My intensedislike for him seemed to grow day by day.• She could not hide her personaldislike of the man.• Your dislike for Maman was handed down to me, wasn't it?took an instant dislike to• Feeley took an instant dislike to him.• And to make matters worse I took an instant dislike to the wife.