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Dislike is sometimes a misspelling of disliked.

The word dislike is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun dislike

What does dislike mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dislikes

  1. an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group
  2. a feeling of aversion or antipathy

Alternative definition of the noun dislike


  1. An attitude or a feeling of distaste or aversion.

Definition of the verb dislike

What does dislike mean as a doing word?

Dislike is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: disliked | disliking | dislikes

  1. have or feel a dislike or distaste for
    • examples: I really dislike this salesman | Sam cannot dislike Sue | Sam and Sue dislike the movie
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Predicate] in [Theme]I admired the honesty in him
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Predicate]I admired him for his honesty
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme]The tourists admired the paintings
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]I loved writing
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]I loved him writing novels
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]I loved to write
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]The children liked that the clown had a red nose

      Verbs of Psychological State (with the same syntax): despise, detest, disdain, enjoy, fear, hate, like, love, regret.

    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • antonym: like
    • more specific words:
    • entailment: disapprove = consider bad or wrong

Alternative definition of the verb dislike


  1. To have a feeling of aversion or antipathy towards something; not to like something.


Dislike is a musical group.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dislike

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Google previewComplex Emotions and Grammatical Mismatches (2010)

A Contrastive Corpus-Based Study by Katarzyna Dziwirek, Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk

that English has many more expressions of sadness than Polish, and that disgust/dislike is the area of the most striking contrast between the two languages : while English has no intransitive verbs which mean ''to feel disgust(ed)/revulsion '', ...

Google previewThe Jewish Idea and Its Enemies (1988)

Personalities, Issues, Events by Edward Alexander

More pervasive, more effective, and more insidious as an instrument of persuasion than outright attack on an object of a journalist's dislike is the repeated use of biased and highly charged language.

Google previewAn Accurate New Spelling Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language (1777)

Containing a Much Larger Collection of Modern Words Than Any Book of the Kind and Price Extant: ... By A. Fisher, ...

aversion, dislike, hatred Disgust', v. to ...

Google previewEntick's New Spelling Dictionary ... Carefully revised, corrected, and improved, by John Robinson (1834)

by John ENTICK, John ROBINSON (Schoolmaster, of London.)

slight regard, dislike; v. a. to slight. - Disfavor, s. discountenance, dislike, an ill turn. Disfavor, v. a. to discountenance, dislike, hate. Disfiguration, s. the act of disfiguring or hurting. Disfigure, v. a. to deform, mangle, maim, deface.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

DISLIKE.. n. . [from the verb.] 1. Difinclination; absence of affection: the contrary to fondness.-Our likings or dislikes are founded rather upon humour and fancy, than upon reason. L'Estrange.—Sorrow would have been as filent as thoughts, ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

disillusioned: disabused, disappointed, disenchanted, enlightened, shattered, wakened disinclination: antipathy, aversion, disinterest, dislike, hatred, reluctance, resistance, unwillingness disinclined: averse, balking, bashful, indisposed, loath, ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (2017)

by Fathali M. Moghaddam

Although early studies perceived ethnocentrism mostly as in-group love, subsequent researchers examined ethnocentrism's influence on out-group dislike. For example, approximately half a century after Sumner's work, Theodor W. Adorno ...

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Quotes about Dislike

The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass. The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. (Oscar Wilde)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1L1I1K5E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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