In English, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard. It can be used as a noun, verb, adverb, adjective, preposition, particle, conjunction, hedge, filler, and quotative.
To such an extent or degree.
“You’re not as tall as I am.”
“It’s not as well made, but it’s twice as expensive.”
In the manner or role specified.
“The kidnappers released him as agreed.”
“The parties were seen as agreeing on a range of issues.”
“He was never seen as the boss, but rather as a friend.”
For example compare such as.
In the same way that; according to what.
“Do as I say!”
“I’m under a lot of pressure, as you know.”
“As you wish, my lord!”
At the same instant that; when.
“As I came in, she flew.”
At the same time that; while.
“He sleeps as the rain falls.”
Varying through time in the same proportion that.
“As my fear grew, so did my legs become heavy.”
Being that, considering that, because, since.
“As it’s too late, I quit.”
Introducing a basis of comparison, after as, so, or a comparison of equality.
“She’s twice as strong as I was two years ago.”
“It’s not so complicated as I expected.”
Introducing a comparison with a hypothetical state (+ subjunctive); ‘as though’, ‘as if’. to 19th century
Introducing a comparison with a hypothetical state with the verb elided; as if, as though.
Functioning as a relative conjunction; that. from 14th c.
Expressing concession; though.
Introducing a basis of comparison, with an object in the objective case.
“You are not as tall as me.”
“They’re big as houses.”
In the role of.
“What is your opinion as a parent?”
Any of several coins of Rome, coined in bronze or later copper; or the equivalent value.
plural of a
To enjoy, be pleased by; favor; be in favor of.
“I like hamburgers”
“I like skiing in winter”
“I like the Seattle Mariners this season”
To derive pleasure of, by or with someone or something.
To prefer and maintain (an action) as a regular habit or activity.
“I like to go to the dentist every six months”
“She likes to keep herself physically fit”
“we like to keep one around the office just in case”
To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition).
To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly.
“He liked to have been too late.”
To find attractive; to prefer the company of; to have mild romantic feelings for.
“I really like Sandra but don’t know how to tell her.”
To liken; to compare.
To show support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
“I liked my friend’s last status on Facebook.”
“I can’t stand Bloggs’ tomato ketchup, but I liked it on Facebook so I could enter a competition.”
Something that a person likes (prefers).
“Tell me your likes and dislikes.”
An individual vote showing support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet.
(sometimes as the likes of) Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.
“There were bowls full of sweets, chocolates and the like.”
“It was something the likes of which I had never seen before.”
The stroke that equalizes the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side.
“to play the like”
“My partner and I have like minds.”
For example, such as: to introduce an example or list of examples.
“There are lots of birds, like ducks and gulls, in this park.”
In a like or similar manner.
“Like the woman down the street so confidently sang, she wanted to be able to too.”
As, the way.
As if; as though.
“It looks like you’ve finished the project.”
“It seemed like you didn’t care.”
Similar to, reminiscent of.
“These hamburgers taste like leather.”
Used to place emphasis upon a statement.
“divint ye knaa, like?”
used in comparisons to refer to the extent or degree of something
“go as fast as you can”
“it tasted like grape juice but not as sweet”
used to emphasize an amount
“as many as twenty-two rare species may be at risk”
used to indicate that something happens during the time when something else is taking place
“Frank watched him as he ambled through the crowd”
“as she grew older, she kept more to herself”
used to indicate by comparison the way that something happens or is done
“they can do as they wish”
“she kissed him goodbye, as usual”
used to add or interject a comment relating to the statement of a fact
“as you can see, I didn’t go after all”
“I must stop now as I have to go out”
“try as he might, he failed to pull it off”
“sweet as he is, he doesn’t pay his bills”
used to refer to the function or character that someone or something has
“she got a job as a cook”
“it came as a shock”
during the time of being (the thing specified)
“he had often been ill as a child”
an ancient Roman copper coin.
having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to
“she looked nothing like Audrey Hepburn”
“he used to have a car like mine”
“they were like brothers”
in the manner of; in the same way or to the same degree as
“he was screaming like a banshee”
in a way appropriate to
“students were angry at being treated like children”
such as one might expect from; characteristic of
“just like you to put a damper on people’s enjoyment”
used in questions to ask about the characteristics or nature of someone or something
“what’s she like?”
“what is it like to be a tuna fisherman?”
used to draw attention to the nature of an action or event
“why are you talking about me like that?”
“I apologize for coming over unannounced like this”
such as; for example
“the cautionary vision of works like Animal Farm and 1984”
in the same way that; as
“people who change countries like they change clothes”
as though; as if
“I felt like I’d been kicked by a camel”
used with reference to a person or thing of the same kind as another
“the quotations could be arranged to put like with like”
“I know him—him and his like”
a thing or things of the same kind (often used to express surprise or for emphasis)
“did you ever hear the like?”
“a church interior the like of which he had never seen before”
the things one likes or prefers
“a wide variety of likes, dislikes, tastes, and income levels”
(in the context of social media) an indication of approval of or support for someone or something, expressed by means of a particular icon or link
“pages that rank well are likely to receive high numbers of likes because they are highly visible in the search engines”
(of a person or thing) having similar qualities or characteristics to another person or thing
“I responded in like manner”
“the grouping of children of like ability together”
(of a portrait or other image) having a faithful resemblance to the original
“‘Who painted the dog’s picture? It’s very like.’”
used in speech as a meaningless filler or to signify the speaker’s uncertainty about an expression just used
“there was this funny smell—sort of dusty like”
used to convey a person’s reported attitude or feelings in the form of direct speech (whether or not representing an actual quotation)
“so she comes into the room and she’s like ‘Where is everybody?’”
in the manner of
“like as a ship with dreadful storm long tossed”
find agreeable, enjoyable, or satisfactory
“people who don’t like reading books”
“all his classmates liked him”
“I like to be the centre of attention”
(in the context of social media) indicate one’s approval of or support for (someone or something) by means of a particular icon or link
“more than 15,000 Facebook users had liked his page by Monday morning”
wish for; want
“I’d like to hire a car”
“would you like a cup of coffee?”
“I’d like you to stay”
used as a polite formula
“we would like to apologize for the late running of this service”
feel reluctant to do something
“I don’t like leaving her on her own too long”
choose to have (something); prefer
“how do you like your coffee?”
feel about or regard (something)
“how would you like it if it happened to you?”