lik·​ing | \ˈlī-kiŋ \

Definition of liking 

: favorable regard : fondness, taste had a greater liking for law— E. M. Coulter took a liking to the newcomer

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Examples of liking in a Sentence

I have a liking for dark chocolate.

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Wattiker, who loves to cook, had the luxury of redesigning it exactly to his liking. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 The pair sourced linens from some of the hotel’s outposts, and then treated and dyed them to their liking. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "EverybodyWorld Has Just the Thing for the Eco-Conscious Traveler on Your List," 19 Nov. 2018 Bassam inherited a liking for luxurious touches and a sense of chocolate as art: his boutiques gleamed with gold, glass and marble. The Economist, "Bassam Ghraoui died on May 1st," 10 May 2018 Much like there is nothing wrong with liking WWE, putting down NASCAR or its fan base is weak and cliche. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "NASCAR, Leto and Trump OK with going right when the road points left | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018 Also not to Trump's liking, perhaps: The bill would add no funding to interior immigration and offer limited funds for border security. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: A $31,000 table with taxpayer dollars? Ben Carson blames his wife," 21 Mar. 2018 The Kremlin, which has given up on Trump’s ability to reset U.S.-Russian relations to Moscow’s liking, remains full of surprises. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Aside From Twitter, Trump Has Mostly Governed Like a Garden-Variety Republican," 11 Jan. 2018 Add a little salt, pepper, or more hot sauce so that your drink is to your liking, and enjoy that in-flight entertainment. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best Drink to Make After a Breakup (and Other Purposeful Cocktails)," 22 Oct. 2018 And if, for whatever reason, the Earhoox design isn't to your liking, a company called Sprng makes an alternative in a few more colors with the same low price. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your New Apple EarPods Fit Perfectly," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of liking

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of liking

: the feeling of liking or enjoying something or someone


lik·​ing | \ˈlī-kiŋ\

Kids Definition of liking

: a feeling of being pleased with someone or something The soup was too spicy for my liking.

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