how to pronounce like


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the above transcription of like is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

like is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of like in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… the virus so a bit like we've got DNA in …”

meanings of like


  1. To be likely.
  2. To show support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
  3. To want, desire. See also would like.
  4. To find attractive; to prefer the company of; to have mild romantic feelings for.
  5. To enjoy, be pleased by; favor; be in favor of.
  6. To liken; to compare.
  7. To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition).
  8. To derive pleasure of, by or with someone or something.
  9. To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly.
  10. To prefer and maintain (an action) as a regular habit or activity.
  11. To please.


  1. As if there would be.
  2. Similar to, reminiscent of.
  3. Such as.
  4. Typical of.
  5. In the manner of, similarly to.
  6. Approximating.


  1. An individual vote showing support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet.
  2. Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.
  3. Something that a person likes (prefers).
  4. The stroke that equalizes the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side.


  1. A mild intensifier.
  2. When preceded by any form of the verb to be, used to mean “to say" or “to think"; used to precede an approximate quotation or paraphrase.
  3. A delayed filler.
  4. Indicating approximation or uncertainty.


  1. Similar.
  2. Likely; probable.


  1. Likely.
  2. In a like or similar manner.


  1. As, the way.
  2. As if; as though.


  1. Used to place emphasis upon a statement.


  1. A surname​.

like frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word like occurs in english on average 1538.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics like can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that like can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to like


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