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1unlike

adjective un·like \-ˈlīk\

: not similar

Full Definition of UNLIKE

:  not like: as
a :  marked by lack of resemblance :  different <the two books are quite unlike>
b :  marked by inequality :  unequal <contributed unlike amounts>
un·like·ness noun
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Examples of UNLIKE

  1. a comparison of unlike things
  2. <you're trying to compare very unlike things—like those proverbial apples and oranges>

First Known Use of UNLIKE

13th century

2unlike

preposition

: different from (something or someone)

: not typical of (someone) : not normal for (someone)

—used to indicate how someone or something is different from other people or things

Full Definition of UNLIKE

:  not like: as
a :  different from <a landscape unlike any other>
b :  not characteristic of <it was unlike him to be late>
c :  in a different manner from <spoke clearly, unlike the others>

Examples of UNLIKE

  1. The plants that grow here are unlike the plants that grow where I live.
  2. She's unlike anyone I've ever met.

First Known Use of UNLIKE

circa 1592

3unlike

conjunction

Definition of UNLIKE

:  in a manner that is different than :  not as

Usage Discussion of UNLIKE

The use of unlike as a conjunction is less common than conjunctive use of like and, while criticized, is not as frequently cited as an error. The conjunctive unlike almost always introduces a prepositional phrase <unlike in other areas, the judiciary cannot justify its attempt … as a necessary evil — Alexandra M. Walsh, Stanford Law Review>. In spite of criticism, this conjunctive use of unlike is well established in both American and British English.

First Known Use of UNLIKE

1949
UNLIKE Defined for Kids

1unlike

preposition un·like \ˌən-ˈlīk\

Definition of UNLIKE for Kids

1
:  different from <You are unlike the rest.>
2
:  unusual for <It's unlike them to be so late.>
3
:  differently from <I behave unlike the others.>

2unlike

adjective

Definition of UNLIKE for Kids

:  different 1, unequal <You can't compare such unlike things.>

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