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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Like \Like\ (l[imac]k), a. [Compar. Liker (l[imac]k"[~e]r);
   superl. Likest.] [OE. lik, ilik, gelic, AS. gel[imac]c, fr.
   pref. ge- + l[imac]c body, and orig. meaning, having the same
   body, shape, or appearance, and hence, like; akin to OS.
   gil[imac]k, D. gelijk, G. gleich, OHG. gil[imac]h, Icel.
   l[imac]kr, gl[imac]kr, Dan. lig, Sw. lik, Goth. galeiks, OS.
   lik body, D. lijk, G. leiche, Icel. l[imac]k, Sw. lik, Goth.
   leik. The English adverbial ending-ly is from the same
   adjective. Cf. Each, Such, Which.]
   1. Having the same, or nearly the same, appearance,
      qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar to;
      similar; alike; -- often with in and the particulars of
      the resemblance; as, they are like each other in features,
      complexion, and many traits of character.
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            'T is as like you
            As cherry is to cherry.               --Shak.
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            Like master, like man.                --Old Prov.
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            He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the
            hoar-frost like ashes.                --Ps. cxlvii.
                                                  16.
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   Note: To, which formerly often followed like, is now usually
         omitted.
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   2. Equal, or nearly equal; as, fields of like extent.
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            More clergymen were impoverished by the late war
            than ever in the like space before.   --Sprat.
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   3. Having probability; affording probability; probable;
      likely.

   Usage: [Likely is more used now.] --Shak.
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                But it is like the jolly world about us will
                scoff at the paradox of these practices.
                                                  --South.
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                Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to
                conform themselves to strict rules. --Clarendon.
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   4. Inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like taking a
      walk.
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   Had like (followed by the infinitive), had nearly; came
      little short of.
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            Had like to have been my utter overthrow. --Sir W.
                                                  Raleigh
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            Ramona had like to have said the literal truth, . .
            . but recollected herself in time.    --Mrs. H. H.
                                                  Jackson.
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   Like figures (Geom.), similar figures.
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   Note: Like is used as a suffix, converting nouns into
         adjectives expressing resemblance to the noun; as,
         manlike, like a man; childlike, like a child; godlike,
         like a god, etc. Such compounds are readily formed
         whenever convenient, and several, as crescentlike,
         serpentlike, hairlike, etc., are used in this book,
         although, in some cases, not entered in the vocabulary.
         Such combinations as bell-like, ball-like, etc., are
         hyphened.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Like \Like\, n.
   1. That which is equal or similar to another; the
      counterpart; an exact resemblance; a copy.
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            He was a man, take him for all in all,
            I shall not look upon his like again. --Shak.
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   2. A liking; a preference; inclination; -- usually in pl.;
      as, we all have likes and dislikes.
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   3. (Golf) The stroke which equalizes the number of strokes
      played by the opposing player or side; as, to play the
      like.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Like \Like\, adv. [AS. gel[imac]ce. See Like, a.]
   1. In a manner like that of; in a manner similar to; as, do
      not act like him.
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            He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man. --Job
                                                  xii. 25.
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   Note: Like, as here used, is regarded by some grammarians as
         a preposition.
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   2. In a like or similar manner. --Shak.
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            Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord
            pitieth them that fear him.           --Ps. ciii.
                                                  13.
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   3. Likely; probably. "Like enough it will." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Like \Like\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Liked (l[imac]kt); p. pr. &
   vb. n. Liking.] [OE. liken to please, AS. l[imac]cian,
   gel[imac]cian, fr. gel[imac]c. See Like, a.]
   1. To suit; to please; to be agreeable to. [Obs.]
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            Cornwall him liked best, therefore he chose there.
                                                  --R. of
                                                  Gloucester.
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            I willingly confess that it likes me much better
            when I find virtue in a fair lodging than when I am
            bound to seek it in an ill-favored creature. --Sir
                                                  P. Sidney.
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   2. To be pleased with in a moderate degree; to approve; to
      take satisfaction in; to enjoy.
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            He proceeded from looking to liking, and from liking
            to loving.                            --Sir P.
                                                  Sidney.
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   3. To liken; to compare. [Obs.]
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            Like me to the peasant boys of France. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Like \Like\ (l[imac]k), v. i.
   1. To be pleased; to choose.
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            He may either go or stay, as he best likes. --Locke.
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   2. To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to
      be (in a specified condition). [Obs.]
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            You like well, and bear your years very well.
                                                  --Shak.
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   3. To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape
      narrowly; as, he liked to have been too late. Cf. Had
      like, under Like, a. [Colloq.]
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            He probably got his death, as he liked to have done
            two years ago, by viewing the troops for the
            expedition from the wall of Kensington Garden.
                                                  --Walpole.
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   To like of, to be pleased with. [Obs.] --Massinger.
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