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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Critics have likened the new city hall building to a barn.
▪ He likened today's stockmarket to that of the 1920's.
▪ Morris has often been likened to Bobby Kennedy.
▪ A reporter can only write one story at a time, which I liken to preparing just one dish at a time.
▪ But if she had to liken him to anything it would be an overgrown teddy bear in determined pursuit of his honey.
▪ It will liken welfare to drugs: soothing, addictive, and utterly destructive of independence and initiative.
▪ Retailers were delighted, likening the sales pace to the Christmas season.
▪ Then Jones will liken Switzer to some of the great men in world history, like Marco Polo.
▪ There was no attempt to liken any Conservative minister, or downtrodden Chancellor, to Baldrick or anyone else.
▪ Was she likening the salvation of two white women and a Kurd to that of Noah's family?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

    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.

  2. To make or cause to be like. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., "to represent as like," from like (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Likened; likening.


vb. (context transitive followed by '''to''' or '''unto''' English) To compare; to state that (something) is like (something else).


v. consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; "We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans"; "You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed" [syn: compare, equate]


The Liken Series is a continuing musical based on events in the Old Testament and New Testament of the Holy Bible, as well as stories from the Book of Mormon. The series is popular among many LDS/Mormon families. They have a Bible Site, a Scriptures site, a Studio Site, and a Beta TV Site where you can watch select movies and clips. It remains unannounced as to whether they might create musicals based on stories in the Doctrine and Covenants or Pearl of Great Price.

Usage examples of "liken".

A foreign simile would be to liken Basho to a pearl, and Buson to a diamond.

As the evening deepened the quaintest noises began on every hand--noises so strange and bewildering that as I cowered down with my teeth chattering, and stared hard into the impenetrable, they could be likened to nothing but the crying of all the souls of dead things since the beginning.

Ambassador Diol likened their situation to the planet Bajor after the Cardassian withdrawal, an opinion with which the Federation Council agrees.

I likened the parish to a widow woman with a small family, sitting in her cottage by the fireside, herself spinning with an eident wheel, ettling her best to get them a bit and a brat, and the poor weans all canty about the hearthstane--the little ones at their playocks, and the elder at their tasks--the callans working with hooks and lines to catch them a meal of fish in the morning-- and the lassies working stockings to sell at the next Marymas fair.

Virgin so as not to tear her gossamery maidenhead, the frangibility of which was likened by Thomas the Rhymer unto that of crisp silk, and whose rupture would have detheologized the Western World, catastrophically orphaning us all.

In taking off the haori, the brilliant lining is displayed,-- and at such an instant the fluttering splendor might well be likened to the appearance of a butterfly in motion.

In Eastern mythology the Kundalini is likened to the image of a serpent coiled up below the base of the spine.

Rather than a single large, sod-covered, semisubterranean longhouse that Ayla had likened to a cave or even a human-sized burrow, in this Camp several individual round lodges were clustered together on the terrace.

The pakeha are not well pleased by these events and liken it to treason.

Covent Garden or Holborn school for thieves, and that likening him to a sneaksman was not so very off the mark.

I should liken her to Diana emerged from the tutorship of Master Endymion, and at nice play among the gods.

And I think I would have continued aimlessly walking, noting, talking and watching if I had not one night woken up beside Katharine and heard in the room and in my mind a silence so profound that it is beyond words to describe because I cannot liken it to anything on the earth.

Whereas, the physiognomy of Prince Yeddo could be likened to a brownish coconut, decorated with narrow eyes, a sharp-etched nose, and lips that looked like a painted line.

Now man is likened to the splendor of the Eternal Son by reason of the light of grace which is attributed to the Holy Ghost.

This similitude, likening the universe to a clock, and God to a horologist, is faulty.