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

And, perhaps hardest to explain, her dislike of flowers. The Economist, "Obituary: Jan Ruff O’Herne died on August 19th," 5 Sep. 2019 What remains is this: a few sips of a lukewarm beverage served in an atmosphere of mutual dislike and suspicion. Rob Long, National Review, "In Praise of Free Refills," 22 Aug. 2019 In effect, the app will profile your likes and dislikes, to target its recommendations that much more accurately. Wired, "Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization," 27 Aug. 2019 Keen to her likes and dislikes, Hoover discovered that Sunshine loved cheese. Lisa Gregory, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Tales (tails?) from the Humane Society, the receptacle for lost and abandoned dogs, cats and even a kangaroo," 26 Aug. 2019 The businessman and conservative icon, who died today at age 79, made little secret of his dislike of the president or his policies—his tariffs, the travel ban, and almost everything else about him. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "David Koch’s spirit is alive and well in the White House cabinet," 23 Aug. 2019 When asked about that Thursday, Hickenlooper returned to criticisms of Washington and said his desire to serve Colorado is stronger than his dislike of D.C. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "John Hickenlooper still thinks D.C. is lousy. Opponents say he’s the wrong person to represent Colorado there.," 22 Aug. 2019 Observe the different roofing materials being used on surrounding properties, noting your likes and dislikes, and then research the various roofing codes dictated by your area. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "What Type of Roofing Material Is Right for Your Home?," 3 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And potential pot consumers, who may not be familiar with all of these, may prefer one product while disliking another. Keith Phaneuf, courant.com, "New report says it’s difficult for states to predict revenue from legalized marijuana sales," 19 Aug. 2019 Although a solid third of voters remained loyal to her, many of the rest dislike her. The Economist, "A stunning reversal for Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri," 12 Aug. 2019 Some locals, the Left — and then many ordinary Americans disliked us too. Philip P. Ardery Jr., National Review, "Upon a Time in Woodstock," 10 Aug. 2019 Translation: Orlando City’s dislike for Atlanta grows tenfold after every defeat. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Atlanta United crushes Orlando City’s dreams — again," 8 Aug. 2019 That wasn’t the first time Swaraj had expressed her dislike for the foreign. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Sushma Swaraj, India’s former foreign minister who reached out to people, has passed away," 7 Aug. 2019 In other words, about a third of the French population is primed to like Mr. Macron; most of the rest tend to dislike him. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 But those episodes also illustrate the conundrum of Richard Sherman: Many of his critics who disliked the manner of his outspokenness couldn’t help but admire him for standing up and speaking his mind. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Nor would a closer relationship be popular with large numbers of British voters who heartily dislike Mr. Trump, not least for his positions on Iran and climate change. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Boris Johnson Needs Help From Trump, but Not Too Much," 21 Aug. 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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