lick - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlelicking
past tenselicked
past participlelicked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move your tongue across something, especially in order to eat it, clean it, or make it wet

    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. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] literary if something such as fire or water licks something, it touches it several times
  3. 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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] informal to hit someone
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