I UK [dɪsˈlaɪk] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "dislike":
present tense I/you/we/they dislike he/she/it dislikes present participle disliking past tense disliked past participle disliked
Other ways of saying dislike:
not like to not have very positive feelings about someone or something. This is the most usual way of saying you dislike someone or something: I don't really like coffee. I don't like him – he's too indecisive. not be crazy about/not be keen on (informal) used for saying that you do not like something much, especially in situations where you do not want to sound rude: I'm not crazy about that wallpaper. "Would you like some more?" "No thanks, I'm not very keen on desserts." hate to dislike someone or something in a strong emotional way: I hate that man – he's always criticizing people. It's a small right-wing party that hates the idea of a multicultural society. Sometimes also used in spoken English, as an emphatic way of saying you dislike something because it annoys you: I was just going out when the phone rang – I hate it when that happens. can't stand/can't bear to dislike someone or something so strongly that it makes you feel angry or upset: I can't stand all this noise! I really can't bear the patronizing way he talks to her. detest/loathe used for emphasizing that you strongly dislike someone or something, especially when you have no respect for them or regard them as morally bad: George was a man who detested all journalists. She loathed all the insincerity and evasions of her fellow politicians.
to not like someone or something

Philip thoroughly disliked her.

He is widely disliked at every level of politics.

dislike doing something:

Cats dislike getting their fur wet.

II UK [dɪsˈlaɪk] / US noun
Word forms "dislike":
singular dislike plural dislikes
a) [singular/uncountable] a feeling of not liking someone or something
dislike of:

She finds it hard to hide her dislike of small children.

dislike for:

He has a dislike for people in authority.

take a dislike to:

He took an immediate dislike to me.

b) [countable, usually plural] something you do not like
likes and dislikes:

We were asked to list our top five likes and dislikes.

English dictionary. 2014.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • dislike — dis*like , n. 1. A feeling of positive and usually permanent aversion to something unpleasant, uncongenial, or offensive; disapprobation; repugnance; displeasure; disfavor; the opposite of liking or fondness. [1913 Webster] God s grace . . .… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dislike — n Dislike, distaste, aversion, disfavor mean the state of mind of one who is not drawn to or turns from or avoids a person or thing; often these terms imply the manifestation of the state of mind. Dislike normally suggests the finding of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dislike — verb. The normal construction is with an object, which can be a noun (We dislike modern art) or a verbal noun (They dislike being absent). It is non standard to follow dislike with a to infinitive, although this is sometimes found: • ☒ She was… …   Modern English usage

  • Dislike — Dis*like , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disliked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disliking}.] 1. To regard with dislike or aversion; to disapprove; to disrelish. [1913 Webster] Every nation dislikes an impost. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. To awaken dislike in; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dislike — [n] antagonism, hatred toward something animosity, animus, antipathy, aversion, deprecation, detestation, disapprobation, disapproval, disesteem, disfavor, disgust, disinclination, displeasure, dissatisfaction, distaste, enmity, hostility,… …   New thesaurus

  • dislike — ► VERB ▪ feel distaste for or hostility towards. ► NOUN 1) a feeling of dislike. 2) a thing that is disliked. DERIVATIVES dislikable (also dislikeable) adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • dislike — I noun abhorrence, abomination, animosity, animus, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, contempt, detestation, disaffection, disapprobation, disapproval, discomfort, disdain, disfavor, disgust, disinclination, disparagement, displeasure,… …   Law dictionary

  • dislike — (v.) 1540s (implied in disliking), hybrid which ousted native mislike as the opposite of LIKE (Cf. like). Related: Disliked; disliking. English in 16c. also had the excellent dislove hate, cease to love, but it did not survive …   Etymology dictionary

  • dislike — [dis līk′] vt. disliked, disliking to have a feeling of not liking; feel aversion to; have objections to n. 1. a feeling of not liking; distaste; aversion; antipathy 2. something disliked dislikable adj. dislikeable …   English World dictionary

  • dislike — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 feeling of not liking sb/sth ADJECTIVE ▪ deep, extreme, great, intense, real, strong, violent, visceral ▪ Several …   Collocations dictionary

  • Dislike — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Dislike >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 dislike dislike distaste disrelish disinclination displacency GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 reluctance reluctance Sgm: N 2 backwardness backwardness &c.(unwillingness) 603 …   English dictionary for students

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.