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verb lick pronunciation in British English /lɪk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelicking
past tenselicked
past participlelicked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move your tongue across something, especially in order to eat it, clean it, or make it wet
    The children sat licking ice creams.
    Their dog was still licking itself.
    The kids were licking honey off their fingers.
    lick at: The cat was licking at its injured paw.
    lick something clean: They would sneak into the kitchen and lick the bowls clean.
  2. 3
    [transitive] [always passive] informal to deal with a difficult problem or situation successfully
    have someone/something licked: We’ll soon have this thing licked.
    1. a.
      to defeat someone easily in a game or competition
      They thought they had the opposition licked.
  3. 4
    [transitive] informal to hit someone
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