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Fancy vs. Like

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Fancynoun

The imagination.

Likeverb

To please.

Fancynoun

An image or representation of anything formed in the mind.

Likeverb

To enjoy, be pleased by; favor; be in favor of.

‘I like hamburgers’; ‘I like skiing in winter’; ‘I like the Seattle Mariners this season’;

Fancynoun

An opinion or notion formed without much reflection.

Likeverb

(obsolete) To derive pleasure of, by or with someone or something.

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Fancynoun

A whim.

‘I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.’;

Likeverb

To prefer and maintain (an action) as a regular habit or activity.

‘I like to go to the dentist every six months’; ‘She likes to keep herself physically fit’; ‘we like to keep one around the office just in case’;

Fancynoun

Love or amorous attachment.

‘He took a fancy to her.’;

Likeverb

(obsolete) To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition).

Fancynoun

The object of inclination or liking.

Likeverb

(archaic) To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly.

‘He liked to have been too late.’;

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Fancynoun

Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.

‘Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.’; ‘the cat fancy’;

Likeverb

To find attractive; to prefer the company of; to have mild romantic feelings for.

‘I really like Sandra but don't know how to tell her.’;

Fancynoun

The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.

‘He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.’;

Likeverb

(obsolete) To liken; to compare.

Fancynoun

A diamond with a distinctive colour.

Likeverb

To show support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.

‘I liked my friend's last status on Facebook.’; ‘I can't stand Bloggs' tomato ketchup, but I liked it on Facebook so I could enter a competition.’;

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Fancynoun

That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.

Likenoun

Something that a person likes (prefers).

‘Tell me your likes and dislikes.’;

Fancynoun

(obsolete) A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.

Likenoun

(internet) An individual vote showing support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet.

Fancynoun

In the game of jacks, a style of play involving additional actions (contrasted with plainsies).

Likenoun

(sometimes as the likes of) Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.

‘There were bowls full of sweets, chocolates and the like.’; ‘It was something the likes of which I had never seen before.’;

Fancyadjective

Decorative.

‘This is a fancy shawl.’;

Likenoun

(golf) The stroke that equalizes the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side.

‘to play the like’;

Fancyadjective

Of a superior grade.

‘This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.’;

Likeadjective

Similar.

‘My partner and I have like minds.’;

Fancyadjective

Executed with skill.

‘He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger.’;

Likeadjective

(obsolete) Likely; probable.

Fancyadjective

(colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated.

‘I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.’;

Likeadverb

(informal) For example, such as: to introduce an example or list of examples.

‘There are lots of birds, like ducks and gulls, in this park.’;

Fancyadjective

(obsolete) Extravagant; above real value.

Likeadverb

Likely.

Fancyadverb

(nonstandard) In a fancy manner; fancily.

Likeadverb

In a like or similar manner.

‘Like the woman down the street so confidently sang, she wanted to be able to too.’;

Fancyverb

(formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed.

‘I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.’;

Likeconjunction

(colloquial) As, the way.

Fancyverb

(British) would like

‘I fancy a burger tonight for dinner.’; ‘Do you fancy going to town this weekend?’;

Likeconjunction

As if; as though.

‘It looks like you've finished the project.’; ‘It seemed like you didn't care.’;

Fancyverb

To be sexually attracted to.

‘I fancy that girl over there.’;

Likepreposition

Similar to, reminiscent of.

‘These hamburgers taste like leather.’;

Fancyverb

(dated) To imagine, suppose.

‘I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey.’; ‘Fancy meeting you here!’; ‘Fancy that! I saw Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kissing in the garden.’;

Likeinterjection

Used to place emphasis upon a statement.

‘divint ye knaa, like?’;

Fancyverb

To form a conception of; to portray in the mind.

Likeadjective

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.

‘'T is as like youAs cherry is to cherry.’; ‘Like master, like man.’; ‘He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.’;

Fancyverb

To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.

Likeadjective

Equal, or nearly equal; as, fields of like extent.

‘More clergymen were impoverished by the late war than ever in the like space before.’;

Fancyverb

(transitive) To breed (animals) as a hobby.

Likeadjective

Having probability; affording probability; probable; likely.

‘But it is like the jolly world about us will scoff at the paradox of these practices.’; ‘Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules.’;

Fancynoun

The faculty by which the mind forms an image or a representation of anything perceived before; the power of combining and modifying such objects into new pictures or images; the power of readily and happily creating and recalling such objects for the purpose of amusement, wit, or embellishment; imagination.

‘In the soulAre many lesser faculties, that serveReason as chief. Among these fancy nextHer office holds.’;

Likeadjective

Inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like taking a walk.

‘Had like to have been my utter overthrow.’; ‘Ramona had like to have said the literal truth, . . . but recollected herself in time.’;

Fancynoun

An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit.

‘How now, my lord ! why do you keep alone,Of sorriest fancies your companoins making ?’;

Likenoun

That which is equal or similar to another; the counterpart; an exact resemblance; a copy.

‘He was a man, take him for all in all,I shall not look upon his like again.’;

Fancynoun

An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; caprice; whim; impression.

‘I have always had a fancy that learning might be made a play and recreation to children.’;

Likenoun

A liking; a preference; inclination; - usually in pl.; as, we all have likes and dislikes.

Fancynoun

Inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike one's fancy; hence, the object of inclination or liking.

‘To fit your fancies to your father's will.’;

Likenoun

The stroke which equalizes the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side; as, to play the like.

Fancynoun

That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.

‘London pride is a pretty fancy for borders.’;

Likeadverb

In a manner like that of; in a manner similar to; as, do not act like him.

‘He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.’;

Fancynoun

A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.

‘At a great book sale in London, which had congregated all the fancy.’;

Likeadverb

In a like or similar manner.

‘Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.’;

Fancyverb

To figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something without proof.

‘If our search has reached no farther than simile and metaphor, we rather fancy than know.’;

Likeadverb

Likely; probably.

Fancyverb

To love.

Likeverb

To suit; to please; to be agreeable to.

‘Cornwall him liked best, therefore he chose there.’; ‘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.’;

Fancyverb

To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.

‘He whom I fancy, but can ne'er express.’;

Likeverb

To be pleased with in a moderate degree; to approve; to take satisfaction in; to enjoy.

‘He proceeded from looking to liking, and from liking to loving.’;

Fancyverb

To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.

Likeverb

To liken; to compare.

‘Like me to the peasant boys of France.’;

Fancyverb

To believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine (something which is unreal).

‘He fancied he was welcome, because those arounde him were his kinsmen.’;

Likeverb

To be pleased; to choose.

‘He may either go or stay, as he best likes.’;

Fancyadjective

Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes.

Likeverb

To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition).

‘You like well, and bear your years very well.’;

Fancyadjective

Extravagant; above real value.

‘This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like that which led his [Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy prices for giants.’;

Likeverb

To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly; as, he liked to have been too late. Cf. Had like, under Like, a.

‘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.’;

Fancynoun

something many people believe that is false;

‘they have the illusion that I am very wealthy’;

Likeverb

prefer or wish to do something;

‘Do you care to try this dish?’; ‘Would you like to come along to the movies?’;

Fancynoun

fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination

Likeverb

find enjoyable or agreeable;

‘I like jogging’; ‘She likes to read Russian novels’;

Fancynoun

a predisposition to like something;

‘he had a fondness for whiskey’;

Likeverb

be fond of;

‘I like my nephews’;

Fancyverb

imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind;

‘I can't see him on horseback!’; ‘I can see what will happen’; ‘I can see a risk in this strategy’;

Likeverb

feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard;

‘How did you like the President's speech last night?’;

Fancyverb

have a fancy or particular liking or desire for;

‘She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window’;

Likeverb

want to have;

‘I'd like a beer now!’;

Fancyadjective

not plain; decorative or ornamented;

‘fancy handwriting’; ‘fancy clothes’;

Likeadjective

resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination;

‘suits of like design’; ‘a limited circle of like minds’; ‘members of the cat family have like dispositions’; ‘as like as two peas in a pod’; ‘doglike devotion’; ‘a dreamlike quality’;

Likeadjective

equal in amount or value;

‘like amounts’; ‘equivalent amounts’; ‘the same amount’; ‘gave one six blows and the other a like number’; ‘an equal number’; ‘the same number’;

Likeadjective

having the same or similar characteristics;

‘all politicians are alike’; ‘they looked utterly alike’; ‘friends are generaly alike in background and taste’;

Likeadjective

conforming in every respect;

‘boxes with corresponding dimensions’; ‘the like period of the preceding year’;

Likepreposition

having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to

‘she looked nothing like Audrey Hepburn’; ‘he used to have a car like mine’; ‘they were like brothers’;

Likepreposition

in the manner of; in the same way or to the same degree as

‘he was screaming like a banshee’;

Likepreposition

in a way appropriate to

‘students were angry at being treated like children’;

Likepreposition

such as one might expect from; characteristic of

‘just like you to put a damper on people's enjoyment’;

Likepreposition

used in questions to ask about the characteristics or nature of someone or something

‘what's she like?’; ‘what is it like to be a tuna fisherman?’;

Likepreposition

used to draw attention to the nature of an action or event

‘why are you talking about me like that?’; ‘I apologize for coming over unannounced like this’;

Likepreposition

such as; for example

‘the cautionary vision of works like Animal Farm and 1984’;

Likeconjunction

in the same way that; as

‘people who change countries like they change clothes’;

Likeconjunction

as though; as if

‘I felt like I'd been kicked by a camel’;

Likenoun

used with reference to a person or thing of the same kind as another

‘the quotations could be arranged to put like with like’; ‘I know him—him and his like’;

Likenoun

a thing or things of the same kind (often used to express surprise or for emphasis)

‘did you ever hear the like?’; ‘a church interior the like of which he had never seen before’;

Likenoun

the things one likes or prefers

‘a wide variety of likes, dislikes, tastes, and income levels’;

Likenoun

(in the context of social media) an indication of approval of or support for someone or something, expressed by means of a particular icon or link

‘pages that rank well are likely to receive high numbers of likes because they are highly visible in the search engines’;

Likeadjective

(of a person or thing) having similar qualities or characteristics to another person or thing

‘I responded in like manner’; ‘the grouping of children of like ability together’;

Likeadjective

(of a portrait or other image) having a faithful resemblance to the original

‘‘Who painted the dog's picture? It's very like.’’;

Likeadverb

used in speech as a meaningless filler or to signify the speaker's uncertainty about an expression just used

‘there was this funny smell—sort of dusty like’;

Likeadverb

used to convey a person's reported attitude or feelings in the form of direct speech (whether or not representing an actual quotation)

‘so she comes into the room and she's like ‘Where is everybody?’’;

Likeadverb

in the manner of

‘like as a ship with dreadful storm long tossed’;

Likeverb

find agreeable, enjoyable, or satisfactory

‘people who don't like reading books’; ‘all his classmates liked him’; ‘I like to be the centre of attention’;

Likeverb

(in the context of social media) indicate one's approval of or support for (someone or something) by means of a particular icon or link

‘more than 15,000 Facebook users had liked his page by Monday morning’;

Likeverb

wish for; want

‘I'd like to hire a car’; ‘would you like a cup of coffee?’; ‘I'd like you to stay’;

Likeverb

used as a polite formula

‘we would like to apologize for the late running of this service’;

Likeverb

feel reluctant to do something

‘I don't like leaving her on her own too long’;

Likeverb

choose to have (something); prefer

‘how do you like your coffee?’;

Likeverb

feel about or regard (something)

‘how would you like it if it happened to you?’;

Like

In English, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard. It can be used as a noun, verb, adverb, adjective, preposition, particle, conjunction, hedge, filler, and quotative.

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