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

When a woman brings her boyfriend home for her sister’s wedding, her father, a former CIA agent, takes an instant dislike to him. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 There are, of course, evolutionary reasons for our dislike of certain creatures. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "These animals are so ugly. But we need them.," 2 Aug. 2019 That match ended in a 2-2 tie and Tijuana lost in penalty kicks, much to the dislike of many Xolos fans. Ivan Orozco, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Xolos squander lead, manage tie with Queretaro in Liga MX action," 28 July 2019 Beans, who develops an immediate, territorial dislike of both Loudermilk and Harry, is either the novel’s villain or its obnoxious antihero in his quest to foil Loudermilk’s scheme and expose Harry as the real poet. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Taking the male ego down a couple of notches," 13 June 2019 The election in 2016 of the first US president since World War II to harbor an instinctive dislike of Europe solidified many Europeans’ fears that their institutions were not capable of coping with challenges to their security and to their borders. Anne Applebaum, The New York Review of Books, "The Lure of Western Europe," 6 June 2019 But McWilliams is hopeful that education and shifting attitudes toward all living creatures is chipping away at these supposedly innate dislikes. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "These animals are so ugly. But we need them.," 2 Aug. 2019 With Zinedine Zidane's blatant dislike of Gareth Bale, his potential departure would boost the Madrid bank balance, allowing Los Blancos to seal a deal for their number one target. SI.com, "Lazio President Gives 'Green Light' to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's €80m Move to Manchester United," 24 July 2019 There are minor faults in some dishes, and, sometimes, dislikes are simply a matter of taste. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: At Spuntino, a meal is something to be savored and shared," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And the result is ordained not by some prior judgment or predisposition or like or dislike for a politician or for a policy or for ambition. CBS News, "Transcript: Preet Bharara talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 31 July 2019 Both conservatives, who for years have disliked interacting with male clerks, and reformists who wanted more job fields opened to women, welcomed the decree. Adam Rasmi, Quartz at Work, "A record number of Saudi women have joined the workforce," 30 July 2019 For exactly half of the items, each pair of friends must share either a like or dislike for those items. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘The Fabulously Fair Feast’," 22 Dec. 2015 To say people dislike cilantro seems like one of those charming English understatements, because often the sentiment that arises is more like loathing. Becky Krystal, Twin Cities, "How to manage — or even conquer — hatred of cilantro," 9 July 2019 People claimed to dislike her petty feuding, but then spent thousands of hours treating her lyrics, tweets, and Instagram photos like a scandal scavenger hunt. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift," 19 June 2019 Philadelphia’s Kevin Bacon stars as a corrupt but hard-to-dislike FBI agent who teams up with a reform-minded prosecutor (Aldis Hodge, Underground) in 1990s Boston. Ellen Gray, https://www.inquirer.com, "Summer TV: 'Big Little Lies,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ a Kevin Bacon drama, and much more," 5 June 2019 Though it was preceded by a peace conference that lasted over a year, the treaty was disliked by every nation that signed it. National Geographic, "How the Treaty of Versailles ended WWI and started WWII," 31 May 2019 But 44 percent of male voter like Trump’s performance, with 49 percent of men disliking Trump. Gregory B. Hladky Ghladky@courant.com, courant.com, "Q Poll: Trump Approval At 38 Percent, Wide Racial and Gender Gaps Among Voters," 7 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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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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