lick




To lick is to taste or touch with the tongue. When your dog licks you, he’s saying hello. Humans should opt for waving hello over licking.

Animal mothers lick their babies to clean them, and adult cats also groom themselves this way. People generally lick things to taste them: you might lick an ice cream cone or a lollipop, or lick salt off your arm after a day at the beach. Colloquially, to lick an opponent is to beat them at a game or fight. In jazz music, a lick is a short burst of music, or a solo.

Definitions of lick
  1. verb

    pass the tongue over

    “the dog
    licked her hand”
    synonyms:
    lap
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    types:

    tongue

    lick or explore with the tongue
    type of:

    stroke

    touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions

  2. verb

    take up with the tongue

    “the cub
    licked the milk from its mother’s breast”
    synonyms:
    lap, lap up
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    type of:

    drink, imbibe

    take in liquids

  3. noun

    touching with the tongue

    synonyms:
    lap
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    type of:

    touch, touching

    the act of putting two things together with no space between them

  4. noun

    a salt deposit that animals regularly lick

    synonyms:
    salt lick
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    type of:

    deposit, sediment

    matter that has been deposited by some natural process

  5. verb

    beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

    “We
    licked the other team on Sunday!”
    synonyms:
    annihilate, bat, clobber, cream, drub, thrash

    flail, lam, thrash, thresh

    give a thrashing to; beat hard
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

  6. noun

    (boxing) a blow with the fist

    synonyms:
    biff, clout, poke, punch, slug
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    counter, counterpunch, parry

    a return punch (especially by a boxer)
    KO punch, Sunday punch, haymaker, knockout punch

    a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
    hook

    a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
    jab

    a quick short straight punch
    rabbit punch

    a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
    sucker punch

    an unexpected punch
    roundhouse

    a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing
    type of:

    blow, buffet

    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

  7. verb

    find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

    synonyms:
    figure out, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
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    answer, resolve

    understand the meaning of
    riddle

    explain a riddle
    strike

    arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
    guess, infer

    guess correctly; solve by guessing
    answer

    give the correct answer or solution to
    break

    find the solution or key to
    tell

    discern or comprehend
    type of:

    understand

    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

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