Liking
Liking Lik"ing, n. 1. The state of being pleasing; a suiting. See {On liking}, below. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being pleased with, or attracted toward, some thing or person; hence, inclination; desire; pleasure; preference; -- often with for, formerly with to; as, it is an amusement I have no liking for. [1913 Webster]

If the human intellect hath once taken a liking to any doctrine, . . . it draws everything else into harmony with that doctrine, and to its support. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. Appearance; look; figure; state of body as to health or condition. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

I shall think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye to make difference of men's liking. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Their young ones are in good liking. --Job. xxxix. 4. [1913 Webster]

{On liking}, on condition of being pleasing to or suiting; also, on condition of being pleased with; as, to hold a place of service on liking; to engage a servant on liking. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

Would he be the degenerate scion of that royal line . . . to be a king on liking and on sufferance? --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]


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  • Liking — Lik ing (l[imac]k [i^]ng), p. a. Looking; appearing; as, better or worse liking. See {Like}, to look. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? Dan. i. 10. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • liking — [līk′iŋ] n. [ME < OE licung < lician: see LIKE2] 1. fondness; affection 2. preference; taste; pleasure; predilection [not to my liking] …   English World dictionary

  • liking — index affinity (regard), desire, disposition (inclination), favor (partiality), inclination …   Law dictionary

  • liking — [n] fondness, taste affection, affinity, appetite, appreciation, attachment, attraction, bent, bias, desire, devotion, fancy, favoritism, inclination, love, mind, palate, partiality, passion, penchant, pleasure, predilection, preference,… …   New thesaurus

  • liking — ► NOUN 1) a regard or fondness for something. 2) one s taste …   English terms dictionary

  • liking — lik|ing [ laıkıŋ ] noun singular a feeling of enjoying or liking something: liking for: He had a particular liking for science. for someone s liking if something is too expensive, too dark, etc. for someone s liking, they do not like it because… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • liking — [[t]la͟ɪkɪŋ[/t]] 1) N SING: with supp, oft N for n If you have a liking for something or someone, you like them. She had a liking for good clothes... He bought me records to encourage my liking for music... Mrs Jermyn took a great liking to him.… …   English dictionary

  • liking — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ particular, special, strong ▪ Brian had taken a strong liking to him. ▪ immediate, instant …   Collocations dictionary

  • liking — n. 1) to take a liking to 2) to develop a liking for 3) to one s liking (that is not to my liking) * * * [ laɪkɪŋ] to develop a liking for to take a liking to to one s liking (that is not to my liking) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • liking — lik|ing [ˈlaıkıŋ] n 1.) liking for sb/sth formal when you like someone or something ▪ Jim and Keith had a liking and respect for each other. ▪ She s developed a liking for theatre. 2.) take a liking to sb/sth to begin to like someone or something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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