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 Seventy-four percent of the 4,732 medical students surveyed for the study exhibited some form of anti-fat attitudes, including dislike, blame, and fear. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "As Coronavirus Rages, We Need to Talk About Medical Anti-Fat Bias," 21 Dec. 2020 The site is reportedly exploring the addition of a dislike button. New York Times, "Tone Is Hard to Grasp Online. Can Tone Indicators Help?," 9 Dec. 2020 Is your dad's shyness sometimes misinterpreted as dislike? Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Is Your Relationship Ready For Thanksgiving?," 23 Nov. 2020 Two teams that respected each other, but there was a genuine dislike for one another. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "CBS analyst Bill Cowher on coaching in a rivalry, Lamar Jackson vs. Ben Roethlisberger, and more," 29 Oct. 2020 There’s been a generations-long dislike of the Democratic Party by veterans, Milosevic said, stemming back to the reaction veterans received when returning from Vietnam. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "Minnesota veterans disturbed by reports of Trump denigrating military — if they believe them," 12 Sep. 2020 The Vietnam War looms large here, as does the author’s sorrow over it; so does his evident dislike of Spiro Agnew and his cronies. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Free Range," 31 Dec. 2020 Loomer has voiced a particular dislike for Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is Muslim. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Trump voices support for far-right 'proud Islamophobe' Laura Loomer after her GOP primary win," 19 Aug. 2020 Some have actually decided to take a semester break because of COVID and their dislike for virtual learning. Kelly Klein, Star Tribune, "With college virtual, are students stuck with lease?," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The stadium is fine, and optimally located within the Class A California League, but major league teams dislike the high-desert winds that complicate the development and evaluation of pitchers. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County’s lone minor league team is one of dozens of affiliates eliminated by MLB," 9 Dec. 2020 And having noticed the effort that’s gone into propping Biden up, people could dislike it, and reject it. Jack Butler, National Review, "The Limits of Left-Wing Dominance," 16 Dec. 2020 However, some people dislike exceedingly cold weather more than exceedingly hot weather and others have the reverse sensitivity. Abba Krieger, Quartz, "How to think critically about polls and rankings," 8 Dec. 2020 For those who dislike or suck at saying sorry, my advice would be this: practise. Katy Harrington, refinery29.com, "“I’m Sorry You Feel That Way” Is The Most Infuriating Apology Ever," 2 Dec. 2020 Analytics — For giving me something else to dislike. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Finding time to give thanks, even in 2020," 25 Nov. 2020 And while many world leaders grew to dislike his erratic policies and provocative rhetoric, Trump's unpredictability did work to his advantage at times. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "'That's his first love': Why Biden may be a foreign policy president despite domestic crises," 20 Nov. 2020 Moisture isn’t the only reason bees seem to dislike tropical ecosystems. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Create a Buzz with the First Ever Global Map of Bee Species," 19 Nov. 2020 The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry had been one-sided for years, but Epstein quickly learned to dislike the Cardinals, like all Cubs fans have since birth. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Theo Epstein’s best moments with the Chicago Cubs, from a sighting at Starbucks in Lincoln Park to a World Series celebration in Grant Park," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of dislike was in 1567

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dislike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislike. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for dislike

dislike

noun
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

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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