dis·​like | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈlīk How to pronounce dislike (audio) , ˈdis-ˌlīk \
plural dislikes

Definition of dislike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a feeling of aversion or disapproval
2 obsolete : discord
3 : something that a person habitually does not like or enjoy talking about his likes and dislikes


disliked; disliking; dislikes

Definition of dislike (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to regard with dislike : disapprove
2 archaic : displease
3 obsolete : to show aversion to

Other Words from dislike


disliker noun

Examples of dislike in a Sentence

Noun we have a strong dislike for olives and wouldn't eat them even if we were paid the public's general dislike of negative campaign ads Verb I dislike basketball, but I enjoy baseball. Most people dislike it when they are told what to do.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Coco, my younger female canine, shares the same dislike for pet clothes. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 Since mice and foxes are mortal enemies, Whizzy expresses immediate dislike for Whitebelly, who turns out to be more shy and timid than a sly predator. Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 This was even lower than the 26 that Democrats had given the Republican Party in 2016, an indication that the dislike of the opposition is still growing. Harry Enten, CNN, 20 Nov. 2021 Sometimes vaccine hesitancy is more about a fear/dislike of needles than FDA approval. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Nov. 2021 There was, and probably still is, a palpable dislike for Native people in Bemidji. David Treuer, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Part of what ends up blowing up the deal is this dislike of Ginsburg and his methods. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 21 Oct. 2021 Koepka’s and DeChambeau’s dislike for each goes back to the 2016 Masters. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 26 Nov. 2021 Suleski wasn’t the only one at the rally using expletives to express her dislike of the president and his policies. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 23 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb John Ernst, a psychotherapist with a practice in West Allis, said the question might not be whether Wisconsinites dislike snow or the challenges of winter, but what their perceptions are. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Dec. 2021 Rumbly vibration can be felt more deeply in the body, tends to cause less of the temporary desensitization some people dislike about vibrators, and is usually found in mid-range to high-end toys. Kate Sloan, SELF, 10 Dec. 2021 The animals dislike freezing conditions, and global heating is making winters milder, turning northern parts of the US more armadillo-friendly. Oliver Milman, Wired, 20 Nov. 2021 If consumers dislike others’ opaque privacy policies, trust evaporates. Daniel Barber, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2021 But her detractors dislike her policies and sometimes take issue with her style. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 Otherwise, voters who like a governor’s agenda but dislike the person behind it might find themselves in a no-win situation, particularly if the politician’s behavior has been beyond the pale. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 Google does say that people can continue to dislike videos to personalize their recommendations. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 Nov. 2021 Our research has shown that the more children weigh, the more their classmates tend to dislike them. Amanda Harrist, The Conversation, 25 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of dislike


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dislike was in 1567

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“Dislike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislike. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for dislike



English Language Learners Definition of dislike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a feeling of not liking or approving of something or someone
: something that you do not like, approve of, or enjoy



English Language Learners Definition of dislike (Entry 2 of 2)

: to not like (something or someone) : to feel dislike for (something or someone)


dis·​like | \ dis-ˈlīk How to pronounce dislike (audio) \

Kids Definition of dislike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of not liking or approving She quickly took a dislike to the game.


disliked; disliking

Kids Definition of dislike (Entry 2 of 2)

: to not like or approve of

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