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

Examples of liking in a Sentence

I have a liking for dark chocolate.
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First Known Use of liking

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Liking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for liking


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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