the things that someone likes and does not like:
We all have our own likes and dislikes when it comes to food.
and similar things:
Soldiers, policemen, and the like were all called in to help with the emergency.
They believe that the government does not spend enough money on health, education, and such like.
used to talk about someone you do not like or do not approve of:
I don't want you spending time with the likes of him.
used to talk about people of a particular type:
Information is collected through the likes of the FBI, CIA, and Scotland Yard.
4 also somebody's/something's like formal
something similar to someone or a particular person or thing, or of equal importance or value:
This will be a show the like of which has never been seen before.
The man was a genius. We shall not see his like again.