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


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


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 In this framework, our habits, our choices, our likes, and our dislikes are not unlike soybeans or petroleum or iron ore: Natural resources that are extracted and processed by huge firms, for massive profit. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "How the Homeless Became Raw Materials for Big Tech," 9 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, Caleb is instantly attracted to Piper despite his dislike of her brother. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: September romances visit Victorian Oxford, a Renaissance Faire, Michelin restaurants, and more," 30 Sep. 2019 Some providers of free games sell virtual gold themselves, and dislike competition from unlicensed gold farmers. The Economist, "Fantasy economics Venezuela’s paper currency is worthless, so its people seek virtual gold," 21 Nov. 2019 Terry McAulay, the former NFL official who serves as NBC’s rules expert, was clear in his dislike for the call — not once but twice: On the initial review and then again a few minutes later. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 football rewind, Week 7: Bad call undermines USC, Oregon controls the North, chaos dominates the South and the rookies shall lead," 13 Oct. 2019 Last month, Trump forced the resignation of Bolton over broad policy disagreements, then aligned himself publicly with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over his dislike for the former White House aide. Author: David Nakamura, Anchorage Daily News, "Former national security officials speak up as Trump attacks impeachment as ‘deep state’ conspiracy," 9 Oct. 2019 As a boy, Stanton was known for his always-active mind, his love for family adventures, his fearful nature and his dislike for playing sports. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mental health forum offers help, healing for grieving parents," 29 Sep. 2019 Potts, owner of the Atomic Kitten Salon in downtown Bakersfield, had been a Democrat for most of her life until the 2016 election rolled around and her dislike for Clinton led her to register as a Republican. Los Angeles Times, "As Trump impeachment inquiry looms, voters react with joy, fury, ambivalence," 26 Sep. 2019 The author has often stated his profound dislike for the feature adaptation, and his sequel ignored Kubrick’s plot alterations. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Doctor Sleep takes The Shining and puts a hat on a hat," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And for those who prefer to crunch their own beans, but dislike having a separate appliance to do so, the built-in grinder features five settings, from fine to coarse. CNN Money, "The best coffee makers to shop right now, including French presses, cold brew machines and more," 21 Oct. 2019 Many people in ethnic Chinese communities around the world continue to enjoy nests as a delicacy, but most other people dislike the idea of eating a bird’s home. 1843, "My quest to understand the appeal of bird’s nest soup," 22 Nov. 2019 Perhaps surprisingly, 68% of Americans secretly dislike a classic Thanksgiving food but nevertheless continue to eat it because of tradition. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Instacart Survey Finds Americans Really, Really Dislike Canned Cranberry Sauce," 13 Nov. 2019 Leshchenko certainly had reason to dislike Manafort. Los Angeles Times, "Giuliani’s conspiracy theories cost this anti-corruption lawmaker in Ukraine his job," 19 Oct. 2019 Chen Zhiqiang, a young man giving a chunk of pork a discerning prod, concedes that some children claim to dislike meat. The Economist, "The planet needs China to curb its appetite for meat," 17 Oct. 2019 His comments painted a dire picture of a blighted, dangerous city that resonated with many residents who dislike the growing presence of homeless people in their communities. oregonlive, "Portland police union, developers, nonprofit revive Wapato Jail as homeless shelter option," 19 Sep. 2019 The reader is bringing his or her own memories, intelligence, preconceptions, prejudices, likes, dislikes. Carrie Doyle, Town & Country, "Donna Tartt on The Goldfinch, Inspiration, and the Perils of Literary Fame," 12 Sep. 2019 Gary is very hard to dislike and Ray is pretty tolerant of his mate. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Mr Inbetween successfully keeps his lives separate in first look images — but for how long?," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of dislike


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dislike was in 1567

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12 Dec 2019

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“Dislike.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disliked. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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How to pronounce dislike (audio)

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



English Language Learners Definition of dislike (Entry 2 of 2)

: to not like (something or someone) : to feel dislike for (something or someone)


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.


disliked; disliking

Kids Definition of dislike (Entry 2 of 2)

: to not like or approve of

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