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lick

verb \ ˈlik \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of lick

transitive verb
1 a (1) : to draw the tongue over
(2) : to flicker over like a tongue
b : to take into the mouth with the tongue : lap
2 a : to strike repeatedly : thrash
b : to get the better of : overcome, defeat
intransitive verb
1 : to lap with or as if with the tongue
2 : to dart like a tongue
lick into shape
: to put into proper form or condition
lick one's chops
: to feel or show eager anticipation
lick one's wounds
: to recover from defeat or disappointment

Examples of lick in a Sentence

  1. He licked the stamp before putting it on the envelope.

  2. The dog licked at the plate.

  3. She licked the sauce off her finger.

  4. The cat licked the milk off her paws.

  5. Flames were already licking the ceiling.

  6. Flames were already licking at the ceiling.

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Origin and Etymology of lick

Middle English, from Old English liccian; akin to Old High German leckōn to lick, Latin lingere, Greek leichein


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lick

noun

Definition of lick

1 a : an act or instance of licking
b : a small amount : bit
  • couldn't swim a lick
c : a hasty careless effort
2 a : a sharp hit : blow
b : a directed effort : crack usually used in plural usually used in the phrase get in one's licks
3 a : a natural salt deposit (such as a salt spring) that animals lick
b : a block of often medicated saline preparation given to livestock to lick
4 : a musical figure; specifically : an interpolated and usually improvised figure or flourish
5 : a critical thrust : dig, barb
lick and a promise
: a perfunctory performance of a task

Examples of lick in a Sentence

  1. Could I have a lick of your ice cream?

  2. It just needs a lick of paint.

Recent Examples of lick from the Web

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First Known Use of lick

1603



LICK Defined for English Language Learners

lick

verb

Definition of lick for English Language Learners

  • : to pass the tongue over (a surface, an object, etc.)

  • : to take (something) into your mouth with your tongue

  • : to lightly touch or go over (a surface)


lick

noun

Definition of lick for English Language Learners

  • : the act of passing your tongue over something : the act of licking something

  • : a small amount

  • : a hard hit


LICK Defined for Kids

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lick

verb \ ˈlik \

Definition of lick for Students

licked; licking
1 : to pass the tongue over
  • I licked the spoon.
2 : to touch or pass over like a tongue
  • They saw flames licking a wall.
3 : to hit again and again : beat
4 : to get the better of : defeat The home team licked their opponents.

licking

noun
  • When Mom finds out, you're going to get a licking.

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lick

noun

Definition of lick for Students

1 : the act of passing the tongue over
2 : a small amount
  • My sister never did a lick of work.
3 : a place ( salt lick ) where salt is found or provided for animals


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