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like adj. (uses now mainly dial. are)
1. in accordance with appearances, probable, likely Meas. V. i. 105 “O, that it were as as it is true!,” Shr. III. ii. 216 “'Tis like you'll prove a jolly surly groom,” Rom. IV. iii. 46 “is it not like that I . . .?.”
2. “like to,” (i) that may be reasonably expected to, likely to MND. V. i. 117 “all that you are to know,” 1H4 III. ii. 124, Cor. III. i. 47 “You are to do such business,” Rom. I. v. 139 “My grave is to be my wedding bed” ; (ii) apparently on the point of Wiv. IV. v. 121, Ado V. iv. 112 “thou art to be my kinsman” ; AYL. V. iv. 49 “I have had four quarrels, and like to have fought one” (=and narrowly missed fighting one).
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (4):
    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 5.4
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5.1
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