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like | mind |

As a noun mind is

the ability for rational thought.

As a verb mind is

(now|regional) to remember.



(wikipedia like)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) liken, from (etyl) .


  • To please.
  • *:
  • *:Madam, said Sir Uwaine, they are to blame, for they do against the high order of knighthood, and the oath that they made; and if it like you I will speak with them, because I am a knight of King Arthur's, and I will entreat them with fairness; and if they will not, I shall do battle with them, and in the defence of your right.
  • *:• :
  • *::Madame sayd syr Vwayne / they are to blame / for they doo ageynst the hyghe ordre of knyghthode & the othe that they made / And yf hit lyke yow I wille speke with hem by cause I am a knyghte of kynge Arthurs / and I wylle entrete them with fayrenesse / And yf they wylle not I shalle doo bataille with them and in the deffense of youre ryghte
  • *Sir (Philip Sidney) (1554-1586)
  • *: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-favoured creature.
  • *1608 , (William Shakespeare), (King Lear) :
  • *:His countenance likes me not.
  • To enjoy, be pleased by; favor; be in favor of.
  • :
  • *(John Locke) (1632-1705)
  • *:He may either go or stay, as he best likes .
  • *1865 , (Lewis Carroll), (w, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) , :
  • *:“I can tell you more than that, if you like ,” said the Gryphon. “Do you know why it’s called a whiting?”
  • *
  • *:At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy?; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
  • (lb) To derive pleasure of'', ''by'' or ''with someone or something.
  • *1662 , , Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Systems of the World (Dialogue Two)
  • *:And therefore it is the best way, if you like of it, to examine these taken from experiments touching the Earth, and then proceed to those of the other kind.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=He used to drop into my chambers once in a while to smoke, and was first-rate company. When I gave a dinner there was generally a cover laid for him. I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me.}}
  • To prefer and maintain (an action) as a regular habit or activity.
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  • (lb) To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition).
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:You like well, and bear your years very well.
  • (lb) To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly.
  • :
  • *(Horace Walpole) (1717-1797)
  • *: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.
  • To find attractive; to prefer the company of; to have mild romantic feelings for.
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  • (lb) To liken; to compare.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:Like me to the peasant boys of France.
  • To show support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
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  • Usage notes
    * In its senses of “enjoy” and “maintain as a regular habit”, form), while in the latter, it takes a to-infinitive. See also . * Like is only used to mean “want” in certain expressions, such as “if you like” and “I would like”. The conditional form, would like, is used quite freely as a polite synonym for want.
    * (find attractive) fancy (British), (l), (l)
    * dislike, hate, mislike
    Derived terms
    * dislike * likable * like like * would like


    (en noun)
  • (usually plural) Something that a person likes (prefers).
  • Tell me your likes and dislikes.
  • (internet) The act of showing support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
  • Synonyms
    * favorite (US), favourite (UK), preference
    * dislike, pet hate, pet peeve
    Derived terms
    * like-for-like

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • Similar.
  • * 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), , book 2, ch. 3, Landlord Edmund
  • and this is not a sky, it is a Soul and living Face! Nothing liker the Temple of the Highest, bright with some real effulgence of the Highest, is seen in this world.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=She was like a Beardsley Salome , he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry.}}
  • (obsolete) likely; probable
  • * South
  • But it is like the jolly world about us will scoff at the paradox of these practices.
  • * Clarendon
  • Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules.
    Derived terms
    * (l) * (l)


    (en adverb)
  • (informal) For example, such as: to introduce an example or list of examples.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • * , chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
  • (archaic, colloquial) Likely.
  • * 1599 , (William Shakespeare), (Much Ado About Nothing) ,
  • DON PEDRO. May be she doth but counterfeit.
    CLAUDIO. Faith, like enough. [= Indeed, quite likely.]
  • (obsolete) In a like or similar manner.
  • * Bible, Psalms ciii. 13
  • Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
    Usage notes
    In formal writing, such as is preferred over like.
    * for example * (formal) such as


    (en noun)
  • (sometimes as the likes of ) Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.
  • * (rfdate), (Winston Churchill) on
  • We shall never see his like again.
    There were bowls full of sweets, chocolates and the like .
    It was something the likes of which I had never seen before.
    * ilk
    * antithesis, opposite


    (English Conjunctions)
  • as if; as though
  • It looks like you've finished the project.
    It seemed like you didn't care.
    Derived terms
    * feel like, look like, seem like, sound like


    (English prepositions)
  • Somewhat similar to, reminiscent of.
  • * , chapter=1
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned,
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. […]. The captive made no resistance and came not only quietly but in a series of eager little rushes like a timid dog on a choke chain.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.}}
    * unlike


  • (colloquial, obsolete, current in Scots)
  • He was so angry, like.
  • (colloquial)
  • She was, like , sooooo happy.
  • (colloquial) (indicating approximation or uncertainty)
  • There were, like , twenty of them.
    And then he, like , got all angry and left the room.
  • (colloquial, slang)
  • I was like''', “Why did you do that?” and he's '''like , “I don't know.”
  • * 2006 , (Lily Allen), Knock 'Em Out
  • You're just doing your own thing and some one comes out the blue,
    They're like , "Alright"
    What ya saying, "Yeah can I take your digits?"
    And you're like , "no not in a million years, you're nasty please leave me alone."
    * be all, go
    Usage notes
    The use as a quotative is deliberately informal and commonly used by young people, and often combined with the use of the present tense as a narrative. Similar terms are to go'' and ''all'', as in ''I go, “Why did you do that?” and he goes, “I don't know”'' and ''I was all, “Why did you do that?” and he was all, “I don't know.” These expressions can imply that the attributed remark which follows is representative rather than necessarily an exact quotation; however, in speech these structures do tend to require mimicking the original speaker's inflection in a way (said) would not.


    (en interjection)
  • (Liverpool, Geordie) Used to place emphasis upon a statement.
  • divint ye knaa, like ?






    (en noun)
  • The ability for rational thought.
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  • The ability to be aware of things.
  • :
  • The ability to remember things.
  • :
  • The ability to focus the thoughts.
  • :
  • Somebody that embodies certain mental qualities.
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  • Judgment, opinion, or view.
  • :
  • Desire, inclination, or intention.
  • :
  • A healthy mental state.
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  • :
  • *
  • *:“[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  • (lb) The non-material substance or set of processes in which consciousness, perception, affectivity, judgement, thinking, and will are based.
  • :
  • *1699 , , Heads designed for an essay on conversations
  • *:Study gives strength to the mind ; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
  • *1854 , Samuel Knaggs, Unsoundness of Mind Considered in Relation to the Question of Responsibility for Criminal Acts , p.19:
  • *:The mind is that part of our being which thinks and wills, remembers and reasons; we know nothing of it except from these functions.
  • *1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
  • *:Thus they dwelled for nearly a year, and in that time Robin Hood often turned over in his mind many means of making an even score with the Sheriff.
  • *, chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=


    * (ability for rational thought) brain, head, intellect, intelligence, nous, psyche, reason, wit * (ability to be aware of things) awareness, consciousness, sentience * (ability to remember things) memory, recollection * (ability to focus the thoughts) attention, concentration, focus * (somebody that embodies certain mental qualities) genius, intellectual, thinker * judgment, judgement, idea, opinion, view * desire, disposition, idea, inclination, intention, mood * (healthy mental state) sanity * (process of ): cognition, learning

    Derived terms

    * aftermind * amind * bear in mind * be of one mind * blow someone's mind * breadth of mind * change one's mind * come to mind * foremind * give someone a piece of one's mind * have a mind like a sieve * have a mind of one's own * have in mind * hivemind * in one's right mind * Jedi mind tricks * know one's own mind * lose one's mind * make up one's mind * meeting of the minds * mind's ear * mind's eye * mind-blowing * mindboggling * mindful * mindless * month's mind * of one mind * of two minds * out of one's mind * overmind * philosophy of mind * presence of mind * put someone in mind of * read someone's mind * right-minded * spring to mind * to my mind * top of mind * undermind * year's mind

    See also

    * (wikipedia)


    (en verb)
  • (now, regional) To remember.
  • * 1896 , , (A Shropshire Lad), XXXVII, lines 25-26:
  • The land where I shall mind you not / Is the land where all's forgot.
  • You should mind your own business.
  • * Addison
  • bidding him be a good child, and mind his book
  • (originally and chiefly in negative or interrogative constructions) To dislike, to object to; to be bothered by.
  • I wouldn't mind an ice cream right now.
  • (now, chiefly, North America, Ireland) To pay attention to; to listen attentively to, to obey.
  • * 2000 , (George RR Martin), A Storm of Swords , Bantam 2011, page 84:
  • ‘Should you ever have a son, Sansa, beat him frequently so he learns to mind you.’
  • To pay attention to (something); to keep one's mind on.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My lord, you nod: you do not mind the play.
  • To look after, to take care of, especially for a short period of time.
  • Would you mind my bag for me?
  • (chiefly, in the imperative) To make sure, to take care ((that)).
  • Mind you don't knock that glass over.
  • To be careful about.
  • * 2005 , Gillie Bolton, Reflective Practice: Writing And Professional Development , ISBN 9781848602120, page xv:
  • Bank Underground Station, London, is built on a curve, leaving a potentially dangerous gap between platform and carriage to trap the unwary. The loudspeaker voice instructs passengers to "Mind the gap": the boundary between train and platform.
  • (obsolete) To have in mind; to intend.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I mind to tell him plainly what I think.
  • (obsolete) To put in mind; to remind.
  • * Fuller
  • He minded them of the mutability of all earthly things.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I do thee wrong to mind thee of it.

    Derived terms

    * mind one's p's and q's * mind the store


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