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LICK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lick mean? 

LICK (noun)
  The noun LICK has 3 senses:

1. a salt deposit that animals regularly lick
2. touching with the tongue
3. (boxing) a blow with the fist

  Familiarity information: LICK used as a noun is uncommon.


LICK (verb)
  The verb LICK has 4 senses:

1. beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
2. pass the tongue over
3. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
4. take up with the tongue

  Familiarity information: LICK used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LICK (noun)


Sense 1lick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A salt deposit that animals regularly lick

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

salt lick; lick

Hypernyms ("lick" is a kind of...):

deposit; sediment (matter that has been deposited by some natural process)


Sense 2lick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Touching with the tongue

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

lick; lap

Context example:

the dog's laps were warm and wet

Hypernyms ("lick" is a kind of...):

touch; touching (the act of putting two things together with no space between them)


Sense 3lick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(boxing) a blow with the fist

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

biff; punch; lick; clout; poke

Context example:

I gave him a clout on his nose

Hypernyms ("lick" is a kind of...):

blow (a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon)

Domain category:

boxing; fisticuffs; pugilism (fighting with the fists)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lick"):

counter; counterpunch; parry (a return punch (especially by a boxer))

haymaker; knockout punch; KO punch; Sunday 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)


LICK (verb)


Sense 1lick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

lick; drub; cream; clobber; bat; thrash

Context example:

We licked the other team on Sunday!

Hypernyms (to "lick" is one way to...):

beat; beat out; crush; shell; trounce; vanquish (come out better in a competition, race, or conflict)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The fighter managed to lick his opponent


Sense 2lick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass the tongue over

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

lap; lick

Context example:

the dog licked her hand

Hypernyms (to "lick" is one way to...):

fondle; stroke (touch lightly and with affection, with brushing motions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lick"):

tongue (lick or explore with the tongue)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3lick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

figure out; puzzle out; solve; lick; work out; work

Context examples:

did you solve the problem? / Work out your problems with the boss / this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out / did you get it? / Did you get my meaning? / He could not work the math problem

Hypernyms (to "lick" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

"Lick" entails doing...:

reason (think logically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lick"):

break (find the solution or key to)

answer (give the correct answer or solution to)

guess; infer (guess correctly; solve by guessing)

strike (arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing)

riddle (explain a riddle)

answer; resolve (understand the meaning of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4lick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take up with the tongue

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

lap up; lap; lick

Context examples:

The cat lapped up the milk / the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast

Hypernyms (to "lick" is one way to...):

drink; imbibe (take in liquids)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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