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
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

The guidelines, published in 2014, had long been the focus of conservative dislike, and Mrs. DeVos had targeted them for elimination even before the Parkland shooting. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Trump School-Safety Panel Targets Obama Policy on Race and Discipline," 18 Dec. 2018 Customers fill out an online survey about their likes and dislikes, then a company stylist assembles a box of clothing and sends it out. David Gelles, New York Times, "Katrina Lake of Stitch Fix on Building Diverse Teams," 1 June 2018 While president, the elder Bush famously declared his dislike of broccoli. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell," 5 Dec. 2018 In addition to this dislike for each other, distrust of politicians and institutions also has grown. James A. Baker Iii, WSJ, "John McCain and the Dying Art of Political Compromise," 29 Aug. 2018 Every day, billions of dollars change hands, and countless decisions are made, on the basis of our likes and dislikes, our friends and families, our relationships and conversations, our wishes and fears, our hopes and dreams. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Tim Cook calls for strong US privacy law, rips “data-industrial complex”," 24 Oct. 2018 Only someone kind would have helped me despite his intense dislike. Nora Zelevansky, Town & Country, "When I First Met My Husband, It Was Hate At First Sight," 10 May 2016 But ultimately, dislike of President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans prevailed over voters’ distrust of Menendez, who won reelection on Tuesday. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Sen. Bob Menendez wins reelection in New Jersey," 7 Nov. 2018 The big question for Republicans this fall is whether unhappiness with Malloy will overpower deep dislike for Trump among voters in the liberal state. Lisa Lerer, The Seattle Times, "What to Watch: Minn.,Wis. primaries test allegiance to Trump," 13 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Everyone has different needs around sodium and different likes and dislikes for flavor, too. Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 The emphasis on celebrating each child (and creature)'s uniqueness may offer a welcome alternative to people who dislike the connotations of Elf of the Shelf. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This New "Reindeer in Here" Toy Is the More Positive Version of Your Christmas Elf," 23 Oct. 2018 According to Joe, Chill is geared toward that LGBT person who dislikes labels such as ‘gay’ attached to their persona. Richard Prince, The Root, "Obama Was More Aware of Racism Than We Saw," 27 June 2018 There are plenty of viewers who might dislike its heavy-handed politics or its literary liberties or that twisting in the gut that comes from so much internal and external suffering. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2: TV Review," 16 Apr. 2018 That was crucial, because even now banks, as most entrepreneurs learn, dislike lending to startups. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Are craft baked goods next craft beer? Gluten-free snack CEO thinks so," 10 Mar. 2018 There are also a fair number dislikes, specifically a fear of heights or tight places without a lot of room to explore. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Sony's Adorable Robot Dog Is Back—And Expensive," 23 Aug. 2018 The act definitely isn’t for everyone, and although fans cheer during the America’s Got Talent episodes, some viewers vocally dislike them on social media. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Simon Cowell Demands Heidi Klum Change Her Vote During Last Night's 'America's Got Talent'," 22 Aug. 2018 Another dislikes the smell and must close windows when the neighbor smokes. Kelly G. Richardson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "HOA Homefront: Where there’s smoke, there may be unhappy neighbors," 23 June 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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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 \

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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