lik·​ing | \ ˈlī-kiŋ How to pronounce liking (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web With your rod in place, arrange the curtains to your liking. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Hang Curtains: A Step-by-Step Guide," 4 Aug. 2020 But with Trump previewing his angry discontent if the election is not to his liking, will the foundational rock of the republic hold? Calvin Woodward, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump's election agitations and distortions," 1 Aug. 2020 Paying by credit card provides some recourse should the job not be completed to your liking. Marie Mccartan, Better Homes & Gardens, "When You Have to Cut Down a Big Tree, Here's What You Need to Know," 31 July 2020 Selfies were a bit too soft, blown out and matte for my liking. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "LG Velvet review: The smartphone is sexy, the tech is cool, the camera could be improved," 31 July 2020 If the governor were to reallocate budgeted money to his liking, the legislature would file suit to stop him. Joshua Sharf, The Denver Post, "Guest commentary: Polis’s power grab threatens core constitutional balance," 1 June 2020 Shedd Aquarium tweeted a video of one penguin, a rockhopper named Wellington, taking a particular liking to the Amazonian fish exhibit. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "A Chicago Aquarium Closed To Visitors, So The Penguins Got to See The Sights," 16 Mar. 2020 Keep an eye on the fish and marinate it to the rawness of your liking, then add toppings and serve at room temperature or chilled. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What Is Ceviche?," 10 July 2020 Adjust both the pepper and the sugar to your liking — serranos are likely to be hotter, and the lesser amount of sugar will give you a drink that’s closer to the classic tart margarita. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "Refreshing cocktails to carry us through a summer like no other," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of liking

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2020

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“Liking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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