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 Though the pair's dislike for each other has been well documented since, Smith brings it to light again in his new book. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Last season's NFC West champion Seahawks dealt with acrimony between the team's management and Russell Wilson's alleged dislike for team's offense sparked widespread speculation about the quarterback's future with the team. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 7 Sep. 2021 The bubble reason for China’s dislike of crypto is concern about capital flight. Anne Stevenson-yang, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 The University of Kentucky graduate deleted his Twitter account but not before posts of his dislike of U of L came to light and went viral. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 30 Sep. 2021 The subject is particularly dangerous for Johns, and not just because of his personal dislike of using autobiography to give context to the work. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Instead of showcasing their desire to promote peace, their dislike of Iron Dome illustrates their hostility to the existence of a Jewish state, no matter where its borders are drawn. Jonathan S. Tobin, sun-sentinel.com, 23 Sep. 2021 The move pleased most parents and community members who attended the meeting and voiced their dislike of the mandate. Claire Bryan, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Sep. 2021 Morgan is an outspoken broadcaster and one of the original London journalists who have made no secret of their dislike for Ms. Markle. Guy Martin, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, majorities dislike both sides of the aisle: 52 percent disapprove of Democrats and 60 percent of Republicans. Fox News, 14 Oct. 2021 Some advocates dislike the longer timeline for the state’s program this year, which reviews applications on a rolling basis but doesn’t close until next May. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Oct. 2021 Some Ferrari purists dislike the idea of replicas, no matter how faithful to the original. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 28 Sep. 2021 Johnson, a businessman from north Minneapolis, has been running ads against Omar and trying to make inroads with Black voters in the district, independents and Democrats who dislike Omar. Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, 3 Nov. 2020 But the bill also contains plenty for corporate America to dislike — particularly the tax increases that would pay for it — and in the cold calculus of corporate lobbying, industries are working hard to bring the whole enterprise down. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2021 This is a more deeply embedded rivalry and and dislike between these two countries. CBS News, 13 Aug. 2021 There’s no like or dislike to it, there’s no ideology. John Tamny, Forbes, 13 June 2021 Similar to Twitter and Facebook, the GTV video hosting platform allows users to create, upload, view, like/dislike, comment, and share videos . . . Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2021

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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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“Dislike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislike. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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