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 for Likest
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Like \Like\ (l[imac]k), a. [Compar. Liker (l[imac]k"[~e]r);
     superl. Likest.] [OE. lik, ilik, gelic, AS. gel[imac]c, fr.
     pref. ge- + l[imac]c body, and orig. meaning, having the same
     body, shape, or appearance, and hence, like; akin to OS.
     gil[imac]k, D. gelijk, G. gleich, OHG. gil[imac]h, Icel.
     l[imac]kr, gl[imac]kr, Dan. lig, Sw. lik, Goth. galeiks, OS.
     lik body, D. lijk, G. leiche, Icel. l[imac]k, Sw. lik, Goth.
     leik. The English adverbial ending-ly is from the same
     adjective. Cf. Each, Such, Which.]
     1. Having the same, or nearly the same, appearance,
        qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar to;
        similar; alike; -- often with in and the particulars of
        the resemblance; as, they are like each other in features,
        complexion, and many traits of character.
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              'T is as like you
              As cherry is to cherry.               --Shak.
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              Like master, like man.                --Old Prov.
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              He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the
              hoar-frost like ashes.                --Ps. cxlvii.
                                                    16.
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     Note: To, which formerly often followed like, is now usually
           omitted.
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     2. Equal, or nearly equal; as, fields of like extent.
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              More clergymen were impoverished by the late war
              than ever in the like space before.   --Sprat.
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     3. Having probability; affording probability; probable;
        likely.
  
     Usage: [Likely is more used now.] --Shak.
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                  But it is like the jolly world about us will
                  scoff at the paradox of these practices.
                                                    --South.
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                  Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to
                  conform themselves to strict rules. --Clarendon.
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     4. Inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like taking a
        walk.
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     Had like (followed by the infinitive), had nearly; came
        little short of.
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              Had like to have been my utter overthrow. --Sir W.
                                                    Raleigh
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              Ramona had like to have said the literal truth, . .
              . but recollected herself in time.    --Mrs. H. H.
                                                    Jackson.
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     Like figures (Geom.), similar figures.
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     Note: Like is used as a suffix, converting nouns into
           adjectives expressing resemblance to the noun; as,
           manlike, like a man; childlike, like a child; godlike,
           like a god, etc. Such compounds are readily formed
           whenever convenient, and several, as crescentlike,
           serpentlike, hairlike, etc., are used in this book,
           although, in some cases, not entered in the vocabulary.
           Such combinations as bell-like, ball-like, etc., are
           hyphened.
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