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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Her creative direction included a bodysuit that likened the one worn by Dora Milaje and sporting her natural hair. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018 Devon said while laughing, seemingly likening the maintenance of her hair dye to the struggles models of color face due to their skin color. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Model Devon Windsor Apologizes for "Incredibly Insensitive" Comments about Diversity," 12 Sep. 2018 Once you're settled, book a guided tour with Urban Scrawl to see the city's famous street art, or take the 15-minute drive to St. Kilda Beach, which Traveler contributor Maresa Manara likens to Coney Island. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Melbourne from $877 Round-Trip," 27 Aug. 2018 Holland and his staff likened Veleno to Dylan Larkin, at least in terms of speed and grit. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Did Detroit Red Wings help or hurt rebuild with veteran signings?," 8 July 2018 Here, mention non-alcoholic beer and thoughts immediately turn to O’Doul’s and other mass-market brews, which most people liken to drinking water. Patti Woods,, "Beer without the buzz," 26 June 2018 So does this tweet, which likens Colton to Roy from The Office. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Twitter Is Having a Blast Comparing the Bachelorette Contestants to Celebrities," 7 June 2018 Amy Middleton, who home-schools all her children, likened coworking to her experience in the home-schooling community. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "New space tailored to freelancers in the foothills: Coworking business to open in Folsom," 29 June 2018 López Obrador had strong words of his own, likening Trump's rhetoric about Mexicans to Hitler's vilification of Jews. Dave Graham, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's presidential front-runner seeks common ground with Trump," 11 June 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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