verb ADV. enormously, a lot, particularly, really I liked him enormously and was sorry when he left. I really like that restaurant. | best, better Which story do you like best? | quite, rather | always, never I have always liked Sue and I don't intend to stop now. VERB + LIKE seem to | get to I hope you will get to like our town. PHRASES be universally liked a man who was universally liked
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I like to eat Chinese food.
I felt like running away.
They are like two brothers.
to think that someone or something is nice:
• I like your dress – it’s a beautiful colour. • Do you like spaghetti? • What did you like about the movie? • I like travelling by train. • I like to see the children enjoying themselves. • Everybody liked Mr Schofield.
be fond of somebody/something
especially British English to like someone or something, especially something that you have liked for a long time or someone who you have known for a long time:
• Connie had always been fond of animals. • Over the years, I’ve become quite fond of him. • He had always been fond of drinking at lunchtime, perhaps too fond.
be keen on somebody/something
especially British English spoken to like someone or something – often used in negative sentences:
• I like Maria but I’m not keen on her husband. • Our English teacher was very keen on Shakespeare, but I couldn’t stand him. • I was keen on all sports at school. • I know he’s keen on opera. Let’s take him to see 'La Traviata'. • I’m quite keen on the idea of having a fancy dress party.
be into something
informal to like doing a particular activity or be interested in a particular subject – used especially by young people:
• She’s really into music at the moment. • What kind of films are you into?
have a thing about somebody/something
informal to like someone or something, especially something surprising or unusual:
• I’ve always had a thing about wolves. • He has this thing about tall women.
be partial to something
formal to like to have something – often used humorously:
• He’s partial to the occasional glass of wine.
something grows on you
used when saying that you begin to like something, especially something that you did not like before:
• I didn’t like the colour of the room at first, but it’s growing on me.
to like something very much
to like something very much. Adore is stronger than love but is less common:
• I love the smell of coffee. • The children absolutely adore her books.
be crazy about something
( also be mad about something British English informal ) to be extremely interested in an activity and spend a lot of time doing it or watching it:
• Jonah’s crazy about basketball. • She’s always been mad about horses.
have a passion for something
to like an activity very much, because it gives you a lot of pleasure or excitement:
• From a very early age he had a passion for fast cars. • To be a great performer, you have to work very hard and have a passion for the music you play.
be addicted to something
to like doing something so much that you spend all your free time doing it:
• My son’s addicted to computer games – he hardly ever comes out of his room. • I started watching the show out of curiosity, but now I’m addicted!
In addition to the idioms beginning with LIKE, Also see AND THE LIKE; AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE; COME UP (SMELLING LIKE) ROSES; CRAZY LIKE A FOX; DRINK LIKE A FISH; DROP LIKE FLIES; DUTCH UNCLE, TALK TO LIKE A; EAT LIKE A BIRD; FEEL LIKE; (LIKE A) FISH OUT OF WATER; FIT LIKE A GLOVE; FLY ON THE WALL, WOULD LIKE TO BE A; GET ON (LIKE A HOUSE AFIRE); GO OUT (LIKE A LIGHT); GO OVER (LIKE A LEAD BALLOON); GRIN LIKE A CHESHIRE CAT; (DROP LIKE A) HOT POTATO; JUST LIKE THAT; KNOW LIKE A BOOK; LIVE LIKE A KING; LOOK LIKE A MILLION DOLLARS; LOOK LIKE DEATH; LOOK LIKE SOMETHING THE CAT DRAGGED IN; LOOK LIKE THE CAT THAT ATE THE CANARY; MAKE OUT LIKE A BANDIT; MANNA FROM HEAVEN, LIKE; MIND LIKE A STEEL TRAP; NEED LIKE A HOLE IN THE HEAD; NO FOOL LIKE AN OLD FOOL; NOT ANYTHING LIKE; NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT; OUT LIKE A LIGHT; PACKED IN LIKE SARDINES; SLEEP LIKE A LOG; SOMETHING LIKE; SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE; STICK OUT (LIKE A SORE THUMB); SWEAR LIKE A TROOPER; TAKE TO (LIKE A DUCK TO WATER); TELL IT LIKE IT IS; TREAT LIKE DIRT; TURN UP LIKE A BAD PENNY; WAIL LIKE A BANSHEE; WATCH LIKE A HAWK; WORK LIKE A BEAVER; WORK LIKE A CHARM.
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