1. Having the same, or almost the same, appearance, qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar
to; similar; alike; often with in and the particulars of the resemblance; as, they are like every
another in parameters, complexion, and much traits of nature. "'The as like
you As cherry is to cherry." (Shak) "Like master, like
man." (Old Prov) "He giveth snow like
wool; he scattereth the hoar-frost like
ashes." (Ps. Cxlvii. 16)
To, which formerly often followed like, is now
2. Equal, or almost equal; as, fields of like
extent. "More clergymen were impoverished by the late war
than ever in the like space
3. Having probability; affording probability; probable; likely. [Likely is more used now] "But it is like
the jolly world
about us will
scoff at the paradox
of these practices." (South) "Many were not light
to be governed, nor like
to conform themselves to strict rules." (Clarendon)
4. Inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like
assume a walk. Had like
(followed by the infinitive), had almost; came few short
of. "Had like
to have been my utter
overthrow." (Sir W. Raleigh) "Ramona had like
to have said the literal truth, . . . But recollected herself
in time." (Mrs. H. H.
Jackson) Like figures, similar figures.
Like is used as a suffix, converting nouns into adjectives expressing resemblance to the noun; as, manlike, like a man; childlike, like a baby; godlike, like a god, etc. Such compounds are readily formed whenever convenient, and different, as crescentlike, serpentlike, hairlike, etc, are used in this book, although, in some cases, not entered in the dictionary. Such combinations as bell-like, ball-like, etc, are hyphened.
Origin: OE. Lik, ilik, gelic, AS. Gelic, fr. Pref. Ge- + lic body, and orig. Importance, having the same body, shape, or appearance, and hence, like; akin to OS. Gilik, D. Gelijk, G. Gleich, OHG. Gilih, Icel. Likr, glikr, Dan. Lig, Sw. Lik, Goth. Galeiks, OS. Lik body, D. Lijk, G. Leiche, Icel. Lik, Sw. Lik, Goth. Leik. The English adverbial ending-ly is from the same adjective. Cf. Every, Such, Which.
Source: Websters Vocabulary