dislike

noun
dis·​like | \(ˌ)dis-ˈlīk, ˈdis-ˌlīk\
plural dislikes

Definition of dislike 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a feeling of aversion or disapproval

2 obsolete : discord

3 : something that a person habitually does not like or enjoy talking about his likes and dislikes

dislike

verb

Definition of dislike (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to regard with dislike : disapprove

2 archaic : displease

3 obsolete : to show aversion to

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Other Words from dislike

Verb

disliker noun

Examples of dislike in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Every day, billions of dollars change hands, and countless decisions are made, on the basis of our likes and dislikes, our friends and families, our relationships and conversations, our wishes and fears, our hopes and dreams. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Tim Cook calls for strong US privacy law, rips “data-industrial complex”," 24 Oct. 2018 Only someone kind would have helped me despite his intense dislike. Nora Zelevansky, Town & Country, "When I First Met My Husband, It Was Hate At First Sight," 10 May 2016 But ultimately, dislike of President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans prevailed over voters’ distrust of Menendez, who won reelection on Tuesday. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Sen. Bob Menendez wins reelection in New Jersey," 7 Nov. 2018 The big question for Republicans this fall is whether unhappiness with Malloy will overpower deep dislike for Trump among voters in the liberal state. Lisa Lerer, The Seattle Times, "What to Watch: Minn.,Wis. primaries test allegiance to Trump," 13 Aug. 2018 Louis Vuitton Gets Behind the 1980s Comeback The recent revival of 1980s fashion seems to provoke one of two reactions: intense dislike or out-and-out celebration. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "How to Be a Poolside Pinup," 27 June 2018 But Republicans have countered that the opposition is driven far more by Democratic dislike for the President than the nominee himself. Phil Mattingly, CNN, "Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick to be secretary of state, faces key committee vote," 23 Apr. 2018 The Neenah native was one of the first recipients of an apron from Bastianich, despite his dislike of her using garlic powder in her first dish (May 30 episode). Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Neenah native stays true to herself on - and garlic powder - on 'MasterChef'," 15 June 2018 After retiring from football following a short stint playing in South Africa for Highlands Park FC, Gilzean briefly took charge of Stevenage Athletic before stepping back from football entirely for many years, citing a dislike of the limelight. SI.com, "Tottenham Hotspur Release Statement as Club Legend Alan Gilzean Passes Away at 79," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Take into consideration likes and dislikes, but don't get too wound up in trying to please everyone. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Meal Preps for Her Whole Family For a Week," 5 Aug. 2018 While 44% of voters approve of Mr. Trump’s policies, nearly half of them dislike him personally. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Democratic House," 7 Nov. 2018 That starts with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, the state’s incredibly disliked former venture capitalist governor, who will be facing Democrat J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire entrepreneur who has his own financial baggage. Tara Golshan, Vox.com, "Illinois results for every midterm race," 8 Nov. 2018 The Promaster is a great value and comes with front-wheel drive, but some dislike the vehicle’s aesthetics and complain about low ground clearance and maneuverability. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion," 8 Oct. 2018 Justices also tend to dislike simply overturning past rulings (though the court’s five conservatives, including Mr Kennedy, displayed no such squeamishness in a recent case that overturned decades of precedent to weaken public-sector unions). The Economist, "A court with a solid conservative majority could reshape American life," 5 July 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to dislike comparisons between his physical appearance and that of A.A. Milne’s famous ursine, so a firewall keeps the Chinese people from doing searches about Winnie the Pooh. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "John Oliver joins Winnie the Pooh on Chinese government’s block list.," 20 June 2018 That’s Book Club through and through—a team of talented pro actors playing against scenery that’s too chintzy to ignore, but too shameless to really dislike. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Book Club Is a Delightful, White Wine–Drenched Romp," 16 May 2018 And many of the attendees were already inclined to dislike Netanyahu. Gregg Carlstrom, Newsweek, "The Fall of Benjamin Netanyahu and the Future of Israel," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dislike

Noun

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near dislike

disleal

dislikable

dislikably

dislike

dislikeful

disliken

dislimb

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dislike

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dislike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a feeling of not liking or approving of something or someone

: something that you do not like, approve of, or enjoy

dislike

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dislike (Entry 2 of 2)

: to not like (something or someone) : to feel dislike for (something or someone)

dislike

noun
dis·​like | \dis-ˈlīk \

Kids Definition of dislike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of not liking or approving She quickly took a dislike to the game.

dislike

verb
disliked; disliking

Kids Definition of dislike (Entry 2 of 2)

: to not like or approve of

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