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

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 Sixty-five percent of the respondents overall also approved of bolstering funding for border security programs, even though a wide majority voiced dislike for other hardline immigration efforts. Li Zhou, Vox, "Poll: most Americans oppose Trump’s signature immigration policies," 6 July 2018 This week's word: RHUBARB A fellow editor has expressed a pronounced dislike of rhubarb. John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, "In a word: rhubarb," 19 June 2018 Thankfully for fans of Barcelona, the midfield maestro was able to get over his dislike of the Catalan giants, and went on to join the club's youth academy in 1996. SI.com, "Barcelona Icon Andrés Iniesta Reveals Why He Didn't Like the Club as a Boy," 27 May 2018 If the Lundergan dislike of the Beshears is long-held, Bevin's is more intense. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "If you're hoping for a Beshear-Bevin throwdown, you'll have to wait," 9 July 2018 The caseworker takes out adoption paperwork and begins asking the girl questions about her likes and dislikes, many of which Harrison already knows but wants to confirm. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018 Read more: Disconnect your dislike impulse from your fixing impulse. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Friend inserts God into every conversation," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Not that Pence is disliked or dismissed in Latin America. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pence replacing Trump at Peru summit. But name that matters most is Monroe.," 11 Apr. 2018 Still, there was no inherent reason to think that Trump would clean up among those who disliked both Clinton and Trump. Harry Enten, CNN, "Can Donald Trump continue to defy political gravity?," 5 May 2018 Perhaps Americans who dislike Donald Trump aren’t just living in some coastal elite bubble separated from the Real America, where the president is taken seriously but not literally, and is warmly admired. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Nobody Likes Trump Except White Evangelicals," 19 Apr. 2018 Macfayden makes the easy-to-dislike Henry a complex mixture of arrogant and vulnerable. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "TV This Week: 'Howards End'; 'Killing Eve'; 'Deadliest Catch'; 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'," 8 Apr. 2018 Dussutour cut her slime molds into more than 4,000 pieces and trained half of them with salt—another substance that the organisms dislike, though not as strongly as quinine and caffeine. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 The brother of Rob Ford, Toronto’s late mayor, who was most famous for being caught on video smoking crack, the premier-designate rails against Canada’s elites and dislikes the mainstream media. The Economist, "Doug Ford disrupts Canada’s climate policy," 28 June 2018 Sara said that the top was too tight, and disliked that the straps weren't adjustable. refinery29.com, "We Worked Out In The Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress & It Was Interesting," 5 June 2018 People dislike hearing such judgments and end up feeding the donation box. Steve Ayan, Scientific American, "10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself," 15 May 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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3 Oct 2018

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More Definitions for dislike

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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