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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
But Saito’s book is written largely for a generation that has been saddled with the ecological consequences of economic growth and therefore has little reason to respect the likes and dislikes of its elders. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 8 June 2024 Despite this, the dislike button still worked fine. Emma Roth, The Verge, 4 June 2024
Many Sacramento residents disliked the highly literal name. Camila Pedrosa, Sacramento Bee, 8 June 2024 Among the disenchanted were even people who disliked the idea of paying the congestion pricing fee to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street. Nate Schweber, New York Times, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for dislike 

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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 20 Jun. 2024.

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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