On 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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