lik·en | \ ˈlī-kən \
likened; likening\ˈlī-kə-niŋ, ˈlīk-niŋ \

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assimilate, bracket, compare, equate



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Examples of liken in a Sentence

he generally likened a root canal to some horrible form of torture I think that we can liken the two pianists, at least in terms of natural talent.

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Steier likened German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to Italy's hard-line interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who provoked the crisis by refusing ports to any humanitarian ships picking up migrants in the seas off Libya. Fox News, "EU haggles over 200 migrants as ship seeks sheltered seas," 27 June 2018 Derickson likened the case to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio taking it upon himself to enforce federal immigration law, which cost county taxpayers millions of dollars in judgments. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Maricopa County attorney seeks to usurp police control of records, video," 20 May 2018 Shu also likened the company to SpaceX in an interview with CNN Money. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "China’s first private rocket launch kicks off the country’s commercial space race," 19 May 2018 Andretti likened the month of May to a roller coaster, with all the different days of racing and emotions that come with the Indianapolis 500. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Andretti, Wickens top leaderboard on final full day of practice before Qualifying," 18 May 2018 But the town’s police chief, who likens them to flowers, says his female subordinates have soothed motorists. The Economist, "Why a mayor in Lebanon has dressed policewomen in hot pants," 12 July 2018 Many people are likening the incident to other recent instances of white people calling the cops on black people. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A White Woman Called the Police on an 8-Year-Old Girl for Selling Water," 24 June 2018 Barber likened the action to Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 theses to a church door, which was considered the spark of the Protestant Reformation. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Poor People’s Campaign rally revives Martin Luther King Jr.’s mission," 22 June 2018 The name Manhattanhenge was dubbed by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who likened the positioning of the sun at Stonehenge during the summer solstice to the sun's alignment across the borough of Manhattan. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Manhattanhenge 2018: How to watch New York City's spectacular sunset," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of liken

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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lik·en | \ ˈlī-kən \
likened; likening

Kids Definition of liken

: to describe as similar to : compare They liken their car to a taxi.

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