liking

noun

lik·​ing ˈlī-kiŋ How to pronounce liking (audio)
: favorable regard : fondness, taste
had a greater liking for lawE. M. Coulter
took a liking to the newcomer

Examples of liking in a Sentence

I have a liking for dark chocolate.
Recent Examples on the Web What makes the candy salad so enjoyable is that creators can personalize the mix to their liking. Sydney Borchers, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 Use a camping stove or wrap the chicken in tin foil and briefly set on campfire coals to heat it to your liking. Brandon Rasmussen, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Before the ceremony, the Lakers decided not to make a move at the NBA trade deadline because the asking prices were not to their liking. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Even the Warriors’ homer-ish announcers are often too critical for Reed’s liking. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 3 Feb. 2024 Instead, job growth remained strong but slowed as expected; and although wage growth eased a fair bit (much to the Fed’s liking), people’s paychecks finally weren’t being entirely erased by inflation. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 Cook up the eggs, and custom-fill the burritos at home to each camper’s liking. Cindy Dampier, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 And the bright pattern options might not be to everyone’s liking. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 25 Jan. 2024 Constant sartorial change was not to everyone’s liking, especially those with more conservative outlooks. Ana María Velasco, Premium, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Liking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liking. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

liking

noun
lik·​ing
ˈlī-kiŋ
: a being pleased with someone or something : fondness, taste

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