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1 lick /ˈlɪk/ verb
licks; licked; licking
1 lick
/ˈlɪk/
verb
licks; licked; licking
Learner's definition of LICK
: to pass the tongue over (a surface, an object, etc.)
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] : to take (something) into your mouth with your tongue
: to lightly touch or go over (a surface)
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] informal
: to defeat (someone) in a fight or contest
: to solve (a problem)

lick someone's boots

informal + disapproving
: to treat someone powerful with too much respect in order to get approval

lick your lips

: to pass your tongue over your lips
or US lick your chops : to feel or show excitement because something good is expected to happen

lick your wounds

: to recover from defeat or disappointment
2 lick /ˈlɪk/ noun
plural licks
2 lick
/ˈlɪk/
noun
plural licks
Learner's definition of LICK
[count]
: the act of passing your tongue over something : the act of licking something
informal : a small amount : bit often used in negative statements in U.S. English
informal : a hard hit
often used figuratively in U.S. English
informal : a very short part of a piece of music

a lick and a promise

US : a quick and careless attempt to do something
British : the act of washing something quickly or carelessly
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