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 That at least gave Tucker a chance to assess his roster and begin reshaping it to his liking. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 24 July 2021 Users can build experiences around a variety of modes as well, from team deathmatch to free-for-alls to the fan favorite bomb-arming/defusing Rush, providing an astounding amount of autonomy for players to customize the game exactly to their liking. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 In lieu of an overboost function, pressing the center button on the drive-mode dial instead brings up the menus for Sport and Track mode, enabling you to tweak individual settings to your liking. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 13 July 2021 Here, you’re allowed to choose between three different widths — three feet, four feet, and six feet — and completely customize the length to your liking. Tim Kohut, BGR, 29 June 2021 Many more bones found our flies to their liking, reminding us of what the fishing world had been missing since Dorian and a pandemic put this fishery on hold. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Twisty roads must be attacked at a furious pace for chassis loads to filter up through the stiffened suspension and the meaty, ultra-direct steering wheel, which still doesn't tilt down far enough for our liking. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 9 July 2021 If the line at Holybelly 5 is a bit too long for your liking, head to Holybelly 19, which has the same quality — albeit different — menu and a more intimate feel. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2021 Biden said at the time that Capito’s package, which was smaller than lawmakers’ new bipartisan work product, did not go far enough or spend enough for his liking — leaving Capito skeptical that her colleagues are likely to fare much better., 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of liking

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Liking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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