like · preposition /laɪk/Full view
like (SIMILAR)
A2 similar to or in the same way as someone or something
Dictionary examples:

She's very much like her mother.

Is Japanese food anything like Chinese?

I've got a sweater just like that.

Her hair was so soft it was like silk.

Learner example:

After the game, we had a barbecue and I met Theresa, a very good-looking girl who is interested in politics, just like me. (Preliminary English Test; B1; German)

What is sb/sth like?
A2 something you say when you want someone to describe someone or something
Dictionary examples:

I haven't met him - what's he like?

So what's your new dress like?

Learner example:

What is she like? (Preliminary English Test; B1; Lithuanian)

like (SUCH AS)
B1 such as
Dictionary example:

She looks best in bright colours, like red and pink.

Learner example:

We have visit[ed] beautiful places like Chile, Patagonia, Iguazu. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Korean)

B2 typical or characteristic of
Dictionary examples:

That's just like Maisie to turn up half an hour late to her own party!

It's not like you to be so quiet - are you all right?

like mad
B2 a lot
Dictionary example:

The band practised like mad before their first concert.

Learner example:

It was raining like mad, so we were wet to the skin. (First Certificate in English; B2; Danish)

like crazy
C1 doing something a lot or in a fast way
Dictionary example:

We worked like crazy to get everything finished.

Learner example:

My heart was beating like crazy and when the ski-boat started its journey along the blue waves of the sea... (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Greek)

like hell
C2 very much
Dictionary example:

It's raining like hell out there.

Learner example:

Soon it will be dark, and still pouring down like hell. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Korean)

something like
C2 similar to or approximately
Dictionary example:

He paid something like $2000 for his car.

Learner example:

He earns something like £100,000 a week or even more. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; German)

like · verb /laɪk/
Nouns: liking, dislike
Adjectives: likeable
Verbs: like, dislike
A1 T to enjoy something or feel that someone or something is pleasant
Dictionary examples:

I like your new haircut.

Do you like fish?

I like it when a book is so good that you can't put it down.

I don't like upsetting people.

He's very well-liked at work.

He likes to spend his evenings in front of the television.

He likes his steak well-done.

Learner example:

I like reading and writing. (Skills for Life (Entry 1); A1; Polish)

would like sth/to do sth
A1 used to say that you want something
Dictionary examples:

I think I'd like the soup for my starter.

I'd like to go to Moscow.

I would like to say a big thankyou to everyone who's helped to make our wedding such a special occasion!

I'd like to book a seat for tonight's performance.

Learner example:

I would like to talk with people to practise my English. (Skills for Life (Entry 1); A1; Mandarin)

Would you like...?
A1 used to ask someone if they want something
Dictionary examples:

Would you like a drink?

Would you like to eat now?

Learner example:

Would you like to come? (Skills for Life (Entry 1); A1; Kurdish)

if you like
A2 used when you offer someone something
Dictionary example:

If you like, I could drive you there.

Learner example:

If you like, we can go to a night club. (Key English Test; A2; Portuguese)

like · conjunction /laɪk/
B1 as if
Dictionary examples:

It looks like I'm going to be in the office until late tonight.

It sounds to me like you ought to change jobs.

You look like you've just got out of bed!

She acts like she's stupid!

Learner example:

It [sound]s like your trousers are really pretty, I would like to see them soon. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Spanish)

like · noun /laɪk/
likes and dislikes
B1 things that you do and do not like
Dictionary example:

What are your top five likes and dislikes?

Learner example:

The teacher asked about our families, friends, [and] likes and dislikes and [then] the lesson finished. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Spanish)

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