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liken

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verb lik·en \ˈlī-kən\

Definition of liken

lik·enedlik·en·ing play \ˈlī-kə-niŋ, ˈlīk-niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  compare



Examples of liken

  1. <he generally likened a root canal to some horrible form of torture>

  2. <I think that we can liken the two pianists, at least in terms of natural talent.>



14th Century

First Known Use of liken

14th century

Rhymes with liken




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