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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Now, the men are getting to share their incredible story with the world thanks to director Tim Wardle, who isn’t surprised the internet has taken a liking to his new project. Shannon Carlin,, "The Story Of Three Identical Strangers Is Taking Over The Internet," 26 June 2018 The couple's discovery comes just three weeks after town officials in the popular Outer Banks community of Duck put out a warning that a bear had taken a liking to its beach. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Couple saw a dog struggling in a SC river. It was actually something much larger," 8 June 2018 The Australian might take a liking to the new place as well. Schuyler Dixon, star-telegram, "Leishman shoots 10-under 61 in debut of new course at Byron Nelson | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 The Erstwhile Kid Down the Hall, aka Kelly Daugherty, my son, has taken a liking to Tom Waits. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: What's there to say about Cincinnati Reds? Also, an idea for fixing the NFL kickoff," 23 Apr. 2018 In fact, the look has continued to gain traction as Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk, and Hailey Baldwin have all been taking a liking to the grandpa-style shoe in recent months. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Yeezys at the Gym? Hailey Baldwin Makes the Case," 28 Mar. 2018 There was also one with former Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III that has one too many cuss words for our liking. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Stevie Wonder shoots like Andre Drummond, and more 'Mean Tweets' burns," 1 June 2018 Unfortunately, there was a few parts too cheesy for my liking. Shakkira Harris, azcentral, "A definitive ranking of 'The Purge' films," 6 July 2018 McKay was originally to have the truck restored in New Jersey, but the progress was far too slow for McKay’s liking. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "How the heck did an Evel Knievel museum wind up in northeast Kansas?," 26 June 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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