dislike

noun
dis·​like | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈlīk How to pronounce dislike (audio) , 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
disliked; disliking; dislikes

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

Part of that effort involved filing a brief expressing concern that Trump’s dislike for CNN is motivating his Justice Department to block a merger between AT&T and Time Warner. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "In the era of Donald Trump, New England’s biggest GOP donor is funding Democrats," 15 Apr. 2018 My dislike for him, his OTT grand gestures, and his low-key controlling ways is well-documented. Emma Dibdin, Cosmopolitan, "Is Kate Going to Leave Toby at the Altar in the This Is Us Finale?," 7 Mar. 2018 And his dislike of Benzema is, according to Diario Gol, due to the striker's playboy attitude away from the pitch. SI.com, "REVEALED: The Reasons Why Real Madrid Midfielder Isco 'Hates' 4 of His Los Blancos Teammates," 6 Feb. 2018 PAUL RATJEGetty Images As a non-Texan, my enthusiasm for the midterm race between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz was born more out of a dislike of the latter than an interest in the former. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Beto O'Rourke Running for President Bums Me Out," 14 Mar. 2019 The whole process, invigorating at first after Immelt’s dislike of dissent, quickly became grating to the top executives. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 The video now has received more than 10 million dislikes, Julia Alexander reports: an all-time record. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 The dislike rose last fall, after Trump retweeted a British fringe group’s anti-Muslim videos, with members of Parliament deriding him. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump Coming to U.K. in July But Will Protesters Get a Look-In?," 27 Apr. 2018 The guidelines, published in 2014, had long been the focus of conservative dislike, and Mrs. DeVos had targeted them for elimination even before the Parkland shooting. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Trump School-Safety Panel Targets Obama Policy on Race and Discipline," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Broadly, most polling shows the tax law is more disliked than liked by Americans. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The Republican tax law is becoming less popular, not more," 22 June 2018 The queen is known to dislike revealing clothing, so it is expected that Mrs. Trump will wear a fashionable but conservative outfit. BostonGlobe.com, "Royal etiquette for the Trumps’ visit: Don’t kiss the queen," 13 July 2018 But there was a large partisan divide: Republicans were more likely to support family separation than oppose it, while Democrats overwhelmingly disliked it. Niraj Chokshi, BostonGlobe.com, "75 percent of Americans say immigration is good for country, poll finds," 23 June 2018 The first Quinnipiac survey taken after Ryan became speaker actually found more people liked him than disliked him. Harry Enten, CNN, "The next House speaker should prepare to be unpopular. Just ask Paul Ryan.," 13 Apr. 2018 Cleveland's Trevor Bauer and Houston's Lance McCullers may be the two opposing pitchers that Royals fans dislike the most. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Houston Astros don't take kindly to Trevor Bauer's suggestion about cheating | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 In an email, Alexander told Monaco that the lawyers involved disliked Monaco's use of the F-word. Dinah L. Rogers Photography, NOLA.com, "Prom 2018: Holy Cross High School dances the night away," 15 Apr. 2018 Photo: WireImage That’s not to say that the harness has been universally disliked. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Hottest New Fashion Trend for Men Is...Harnesses?," 11 Feb. 2019 Polls show people chiefly blame Trump and Republicans for the shutdown and widely dislike the wall. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "GOP leaders signal no taste for renewing shutdown over wall," 29 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce dislike (audio) \

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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