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.

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Throughout the debate, Ahmari was notably vague on what rules and policies might plausibly reestablish moral order in America to his liking. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Right Wing’s Cultural Civil War Is a Drag," 9 Sep. 2019 Available in an array of flavors: the original, blueberry, burst of berry, raspberry, chocolate, pumpkin, apple cinnamon, cranberry, peanut butter, banana, pecan or mixing different ingredients to your liking. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 'breakfast clubs' are like supper clubs, but with pancakes and hash browns instead of steak and relish trays," 30 Aug. 2019 The question now is whether anyone can take the yellow jersey away from Dygert on courses more to her liking. John Meyer, The Denver Post, "Young star of USA Cycling strengthens hold on Colorado Classic in Stage 2," 23 Aug. 2019 If the Design District is more to your liking, Locale has apartments in the Amli Design District tower on Hi Line Drive. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Austin hotel company is selling overnight stays in luxury Dallas apartment towers," 22 Aug. 2019 All the guys with screen names posting and liking and egging on the ones who go on to kill have a part in pulling the trigger. Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "White supremacists are recruiting white teens online. Parents must stop them.," 18 Aug. 2019 Knowing that, and knowing the Dodgers’ liking of multi-team trades, there may be a possibility there. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: What are the odds a trade deadline deal is made?," 26 July 2019 Another report emerging from Italy suggests that Zaniolo has taken a 'strong liking' to Tottenham, although he isn't expected to actively push for a transfer., "Manchester United Linked With Late Swoop for Tottenham & Juventus Target Nicolo Zaniolo," 18 July 2019 But paper straws, a common alternative, are not to everyone’s liking. Elena Shao,, "‘Paper straws are mushy’: SF’s plastic straw ban stirs grumbles," 11 July 2019

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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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