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Sense: 1
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: LIKE2
Sense: 2-3, 5
Date: 1200-1300
Origin: LIKE6

like

3 noun
     
like3
1

somebody's likes and dislikes

the things that someone likes and does not like:
We all have our own likes and dislikes when it comes to food.
2

and the like/and such like

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.
3

the likes of somebody/something

spoken
a) 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.
b) used to talk about people of a particular type:
Information is collected through the likes of the FBI, CIA, and Scotland Yard.
4

the like of somebody/something

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.

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