Date: 1300-1400
Origin: LIKE6


1 preposition
like1 S1 W1


similar to something else, or happening in the same way:
Her hair is dark brown like mine.
A club should be like a big family.
He eats like a pig!
look/sound/feel/taste/seem like
The garden looked like a jungle.
At last he felt like a real soldier.
My experience is very much like that described in the book.
He's very like his brother.
Sometimes you sound just like (=exactly like) my mum!
He's growing more like his father every day.
He looked nothing like (=not at all like) the man in the police photograph.
see usage note as1

what is somebody/something like?

spoken used when asking someone to describe or give their opinion of a person or thing:
What's their house like inside?
What are Dan's parents like?


for example:
Things like glass, paper, and plastic can all be recycled.
Try to avoid fatty foods like cakes and biscuits.


typical of a particular person
be like somebody to do something
It's not like Steven to be late.
It's just like her to run away from her responsibilities!

like this/that/so

spoken used when you are showing someone how to do something:
You have to fold the corners back, like so.

just like that

informal if you do something just like that, you do it without thinking about it or planning it carefully:
You can't give up your job just like that!

something like

not much more or less than a particular amount [= about]:
The machinery alone will cost something like thirty thousand pounds.
He's scored something like 60 goals this season.

nothing like

British English not at all:
Twenty years ago travel was nothing like as easy as it is now.
This will be nothing like enough money.

there's nothing like

used to say that a particular thing is very enjoyable:
There's nothing like a nice cup of tea!

more like

used when giving an amount or number that you think is closer to being right than one that has been mentioned:
The builders say they'll be finished in three months, but I think it'll be more like six.

that's more like it/this is more like it

spoken used to say that something is better, more correct, or more enjoyable than something else:
That gives us a total of 52 - that's more like it.
She sat down by the pool and took a sip of her wine. 'This is more like it,' she said.

more like it

British English spoken used when you want to change something that has been said, to make it more true:
'Poor David,' she said. 'Poor Harriet, more like it!'

what are you like!

British English spoken informal used in a joking, friendly way, when you are surprised by what someone has just said or done:
'I think she's a lovely lady.' 'What are you like!'

as, like, as if
Use as in comparisons in the expression as ... as, with an adjective or adverb in between Basketball is as popular as football here. He can't read as well as his is also used in the expressions not so .... as and the same (...) as I wouldn't go so far as that. He is the same age as me.Use like in comparisons followed by a noun A movie is not like a book (NOT not as a book). Like other people (NOT as other people), he values his privacy.Use as if followed by a clause to compare a real situation with an imaginary situation He talked to them as if they were children.!! Some people use like in this sort of comparison They act like they own the place. It is better not to do this as many people think it is incorrect.!!as if cannot be followed directly by a noun You treat them as if they were your parents (NOT as if your parents).See also as

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