to move your tongue across the surface of something in order to eat it, wet it, clean it etc:
The dog jumped up and licked her face.
lick something ↔ up
A cat licked up the drops spilt on the floor.
lick something off something
He licked the drops off his upper lip.
to defeat an opponent:
I bet we could lick the best teams in Georgia.
if flames or waves lick something, they touch it again and again with quick movements
flames/waves[intransitive and transitive] literary
Soon the flames were licking at the curtains.
to have succeeded in dealing with a difficult problem:
Just when you think you've got it licked, it comes back.
5 also lick your chops American English
to feel eager and excited because you are expecting to get something good:
Scottish rugby fans are licking their lips in anticipation.
to quietly think about the defeat or disappointment you have just suffered
to obey someone completely because you are afraid of them or want to please them