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

Miss Manners shares your dislike of the custom, although not of wine. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Any way to fend off unwanted wine gifts?," 8 July 2019 Miss Manners shares your dislike of the custom, although not of wine. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Is it rude to say why I’m skipping their tacky party?," 8 July 2019 Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price tweeted out her dislike of the message Tuesday after the city received complaints about the banners. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "City receives complaints after atheist group's banners pop up in Fort Worth," 3 July 2019 And the other men didn’t hide their dislike of Parker. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "The Bachelorette's Connor S. on Luke P.'s 'Unfortunate' Behavior: He 'Has Some Character Flaws'," 3 July 2019 One thing that has emerged in the nearly two decades since the show premiered — a clear dislike by many fans (especially female ones) of Butz’s character Jamie. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Norbert Leo Butz once missed a performance of The Last Five Years because he was arrested," 3 July 2019 Takei, who boasts more than 10 million followers on Facebook, has been very outspoken in the past over his dislike of the Trump administration. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "George Takei explains new Trump-inspired app, says 'democracy is a very fragile thing'," 31 July 2018 Or that, as one of Mr. Diamond’s friends relates, workers at an Australian slaughterhouse, out of dislike for Britain, occasionally slipped a bitter-tasting, bile-laden sheep gall bladder into exports of sheep livers bound for the United Kingdom? Brendan Simms, WSJ, "Jared Diamond’s ‘Upheaval’ Reviewed: Nations at the Turning Point," 14 June 2019 He not only unretired—again—but did so at 36 and in Mexico, a country that’s passionate about its fútbol and which, for around a dozen years, was almost as devoted to its dislike for Donovan. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Landon Donovan Discusses His Return to Soccer and His Complicated History With San Jose," 23 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, Washington Post, "How to manage — or even conquer! — your cilantro hatred," 8 July 2019 That many business lobbies dislike the bills is no shock. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The American Bar Association is fighting Washington’s efforts to tackle money laundering," 1 July 2019 In generating information from tweets mentioning hating or disliking a player, the study shows Durant is still public enemy No. 1 among NBA players in 17 states. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Why Kevin Durant is no longer most hated player in NBA," 28 June 2019 Russell, a district judge since 2006, has long disliked O’Malley, two other judges testified on Monday. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "With one penalty pending, Baltimore judge again faces discipline hearing," 24 June 2019 Evaluating those choices is a more meaningful enterprise than using political history to dash off a click-happy list of likes and dislikes. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "The Impossibility of Impeachment," 10 June 2019 Conversely, rival agent C (Rafe Spall) dislikes H’s lone-wolf tactics. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 2019 Yet people who dislike VAR are not merely afraid of the march of the future; even though, oddly enough, two of the biggest English Premier League clubs will not show VAR replays in their stadiums next year. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "How to make the case for and against VAR—video assistant referee—in the beautiful game," 10 June 2019 Donald Trump is the first president to ever be elected while being actively disliked by the majority of Americans. Brendan Lind, The Conversation, "The most unpopular presidential election winner ever could win again in 2020," 10 June 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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