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dis·​like (ˌ)dis-ˈlīk How to pronounce dislike (audio)
plural dislikes
: a feeling of aversion or disapproval
obsolete : discord
: something that a person habitually does not like or enjoy
talking about his likes and dislikes


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disliked; disliking; dislikes

transitive verb

: to regard with dislike : disapprove
archaic : displease
obsolete : to show aversion to
disliker noun

Example Sentences

Noun we have a strong dislike for olives and wouldn't eat them even if we were paid the public's general dislike of negative campaign ads Verb I dislike basketball, but I enjoy baseball. Most people dislike it when they are told what to do.
Recent Examples on the Web
His dislike of narrative is one of his many contradictions. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 Other caucus members groaned with dislike of the question. The Arizona Republic, 9 Jan. 2023 Comments immediately rallied support for the singer, with some even confessing that their dislike of Swift throughout the pair’s long history of contention was misguided. Ej Panaligan, Variety, 2 Dec. 2022 Statewide turnout lagged behind the numbers seen in 2018, when a surge of Democrats in Texas, energized by their dislike of then President Donald J. Trump, nearly propelled Mr. O’Rourke to victory over Ted Cruz. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2022 Someone really needs to get over their dislike of Johnny Mnemonic. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 26 Oct. 2022 McCune said his new Ye course will have the same structure as his first, delving into the rapper’s political views and his evolution in politics from his dislike of President George Bush to his love of President Donald Trump. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 19 Oct. 2022 Her father was an inventive occasional cook, but Gohar’s first forays in the kitchen were largely inspired by her dislike of the foods that her mother prepared. Molly Fischer, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2022 During the early months of Kardashian's relationship with Davidson, West was very vocal about wanting to reunite with his ex-wife and his dislike of her new boyfriend. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 6 Aug. 2022
Like the Apple AirTag, there’s little to dislike about this tracker. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 14 Dec. 2022 Pro athletes often find something to dislike about their routine after several years. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 29 Nov. 2021 There is a lot to dislike about the new GOP House ObamaCare replacement bill. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, The Week, 5 Oct. 2018 Few obstacles to new housing loom as large as powerful neighbors who dislike the idea of new construction. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, 15 Dec. 2022 These water-soluble formulas are perfect for those who dislike CBD hemp oil’s taste and want to mix it with their favorite beverage. Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2022 The mystery of why Republicans have not closed the deal is explained by these voters who dislike the president but can’t stand the Republicans either. Mark Penn, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2022 Other new platforms, like Gab, GETTR and Parler, have grown in recent years by catering to conservative and far-right users who dislike Twitter and Facebook's moderation policies. David Klepper, ajc, 30 Apr. 2022 Such a tactic wasn’t popular among spies, who dislike their sources and methods being compromised. James Harkin, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dislike was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Dislike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislike. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
dis·​like (ˈ)dis-ˈlīk How to pronounce dislike (audio)
: a strong feeling of not liking or approving


2 of 2 verb
: to feel dislike for

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