Liken Lik"en (l[imac]k"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Likened} (l[imac]k"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Likening}.] [OE. liknen. See {Like}, a.] 1. To allege, or think, to be like; to represent as like; to compare; as, to liken life to a pilgrimage. [1913 Webster]

Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock. --Matt. vii. 24. [1913 Webster]

2. To make or cause to be like. [R.] --Brougham. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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