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Definition of "lick" []

  • To pass the tongue over or along: lick a stamp. (verb-transitive)
  • To lap up. (verb-transitive)
  • To lap or flicker at like a tongue: The waves licked the sides of the boat. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To punish with a beating; thrash. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To get the better of; defeat: licked her weight problem. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lick" in a sentence
  • "And lick is what Princess Pup likes to do to Minnow."
  • ""To glory!" cried Murray, waving his sword; "O! not while a Scot survives, shall that blood-red lion * again lick the dust!""
  • "He actually stole something out of the recycling bin the other day to lick, which is a first."