Like, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Liked p. pr. & vb. n. Liking.]
1. To suit; to please; to be agreeable to. [Obs.]
Cornwall him liked best, therefore he chose there. --R. of Gloucester.
I willingly confess that it likes me much better when I find virtue in a fair lodging than when I am bound to seek it in an ill-favored creature. --Sir P. Sidney.
2. To be pleased with in a moderate degree; to approve; to take satisfaction in; to enjoy.
He proceeded from looking to liking, and from liking to loving. --Sir P. Sidney.
3. To liken; to compare. [Obs.]
Like me to the peasant boys of France. --Shak.
1. The state of being pleasing; a suiting. See On liking, below. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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.
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.
3. Appearance; look; figure; state of body as to health or condition. [Archaic]
I shall think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye to make difference of men's liking. --Shak.
Their young ones are in good liking. --Job. xxxix. 4.
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.]
Would he be the degenerate scion of that royal line . . . to be a king on liking and on sufferance? --Hazlitt.
Lik·ing p. a. Looking; appearing; as, better or worse liking. See Like, to look. [Obs.]
Why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? --Dan. i. 10.
n : a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment; "I've always had a
liking for reading"; "she developed a liking for gin"