liken

verb
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 Former believers interviewed by The Associated Press liken the process of leaving QAnon to kicking a drug addiction. David Klepper, Star Tribune, "Checked by reality, some QAnon supporters seek a way out," 28 Jan. 2021 Democrats liken that push to having the 9/11 Commission include an investigation into the riots in Cincinnati that followed the 2001 killing of an unarmed Black man during a traffic stop. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why a 9/11 Commission-Style Panel Isn’t Winning Backers — Yet," 20 Apr. 2021 Some liken it to a Russian stoicism, or fatalism, or the lack of an alternative to keeping the economy running given minimal aid from the state. New York Times, "‘You Can’t Trust Anyone’: Russia’s Hidden Covid Toll Is an Open Secret," 10 Apr. 2021 These precedents liken funding grants with strings attached to contracts in which the state accepts the money subject to the conditions specified in the law. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, "The Republican Legal Assault on Biden’s Covid Relief Plan Could Be Devastating for Democrats," 29 Mar. 2021 Former believers interviewed by The Associated Press liken the process of leaving QAnon to kicking a drug addiction. David Klepper, Star Tribune, "Checked by reality, some QAnon supporters seek a way out," 28 Jan. 2021 And so beings the lore of the elephant tie, the one exception to the superstition rule in a program that prefers to liken its Cinderella status to the more tangible. Kevin Reynolds, Dallas News, "The lore of the elephant tie: Frisco Liberty’s recent playoff runs have been filled with high drama — and a little superstition," 1 Mar. 2021 The hosts liken staying in these floating bungalows to a glamping experience. Brittany Anas, Forbes, "Glamping Takes To The Water With Floating Airbnbs," 1 Mar. 2021 Some Democrats liken Ryan to Sen. Sherrod Brown, an outspoken economic populist who won a commanding reelection victory in 2018. Julie Carr Smyth, Star Tribune, "In Ohio, open Senate seat sparks debate on gender, diversity," 2 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of liken

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of liken was in the 14th century

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16 May 2021

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“Liken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liken. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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liken

verb
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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