Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

if you like - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrase spoken
  1. 1
    used when making an offer or suggestion

    We’ll go to the Louvre tomorrow, if you like.

    I’ll take him to the hospital, if you like.

  2. 2
    used for showing that you agree to a suggestion although it is not what you would choose to do

    Let’s just sit here for a minute.’ ‘OK, if you like.’

  3. 3
    used when you are describing something in a way that you think someone might not agree with

    His latest sculpture is an object of beauty, a masterpiece if you like.

See also main entry: like
quiz invitation


a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play