lik·​en | \ ˈlī-kən How to pronounce liken (audio) \
likened; likening\ ˈlī-​kə-​niŋ How to pronounce liken (audio) , ˈlīk-​niŋ \

Definition of liken

transitive verb

: to represent as similar : compare

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Don’t liken the American Jewish leaders from the nineteen-thirties who had deep questions about what Zionism would mean to the people writing the charter for Hamas today. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 11 May 2022 Some patients liken the 700-volt shock to being kicked in the chest by a horse. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Gustern would liken the mouth to a theater, and the arch over the tongue a proscenium. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2022 Supply-chain experts liken the current moment to the advancement of financial technology following the 2008 crisis. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2022 This two-step waxless solution provides a quick clean and has a strong sweet smell—some editors liken it to Skittles candy. Charles Dryer, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2022 Rather, organizers liken snake hunting to how other hunters keep deer numbers in check. Jeff Martin, ajc, 11 Mar. 2022 Thursday will bring a major shift for a state whose reluctance to open led the head of the country’s major airline recently to liken it to North Korea. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 Protesters against Covid-19 measures who liken themselves to Jews under Nazism fuel anti-Semitism and contribute to trivialization of the Holocaust, according to a report published Thursday by the Diaspora Affairs Ministry. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of liken

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Liken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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lik·​en | \ ˈlī-kən How to pronounce liken (audio) \
likened; likening

Kids Definition of liken

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

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