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

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analogize, 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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Among other findings, the research highlighted efforts to liken Mr. Trump to Jesus in social-media posts and vilify his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, as demonic. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Russians Took Aim at Black Voters to Boost Trump, Reports to Senate Find," 17 Dec. 2018 Whalen, now 55, had applied for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits due to her diagnosis of cervical dystonia, a condition her attorney likened to Parkinson’s disease. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Washington State Patrol detective violated woman’s rights with ruse, hidden cameras, court rules," 13 Nov. 2018 Authorities have been blocking images of the character on social media because of memes and bloggers likening Xi’s appearance to Pooh’s. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Christopher Robin, denied Chinese release, is the latest victim in China’s war on Winnie the Pooh," 4 Aug. 2018 Both had already qualified for the round of 16 when Belgium beat England 1-0 in the last game of the group stage on Adnan Januzaj's curling shot in a game likened to a friendly thanks to 17 lineup changes. James Ellingworth,, "England, Belgium face off again, this time with 3rd place at stake," 13 July 2018 With a wingspan of 217 feet, this moveable sunscreen, likened by some to the wings of a bird and by others to sails full of wind, unfolds and folds twice daily. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel is Good for the Soul," 10 June 2018 Naturalist John Muir likened the Hetchy Hetchy area, with its granite domes and towering waterfalls high above the Tuolumne River, to Yosemite Valley. Kurtis Alexander,, "The battle over Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in judges’ hands," 30 May 2018 General Manager Chris Ballard, a longtime Chicago Bears scout, likened his running style to former Bears great Matt Forte. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts add offensive pizzazz on Day 3 of draft after building up lines," 28 Apr. 2018 Hess likened Wednesday night's loss to Tulane to Sunday's come-from-behind victory against Tennessee. Andrew Lopez,, "LSU baseball looks to fix road woes at South Carolina," 19 Apr. 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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