AskDefine | Define liken

Dictionary Definition

liken v : consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; "We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans"; "You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed" [syn: compare, equate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /ˈlaɪkən/, /"laIk@n/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪkən



  1. In the context of "transitive|followed by to or unto": To compare; to state that (something) is like (something else).
    The physics teacher likened the effect of mass on space to an indentation in a sheet of rubber.

Extensive Definition

Liken is a series of children's videos in the format of live action musicals relating classic stories based on Mormonism from the point of view of a child's imagination. Liken was conceived by Ken Agle (producer), Dennis Agle (writer/director) and Aaron Edson (composer).
Liken videos follow a set pattern where a present-day child goes to someone (parent, teacher, older sibling) with an issue, and the older person relates a classic story that will help the child with the issue at hand. The story then goes into the imagination of the child as he/she creates the images of the story as a stage-style musical presented for video. The story includes both upbeat songs as well as ballads with dancing and comedy.
The Liken series has been adapted for television broadcast and is also sold through bookstores and direct from the producers.
The name Liken was taking from Mormon text 1 Nephi 19:23, but the company claims on connection to any religious organization. Many LDS groups praise Liken.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

analogize, assimilate, balance, bring into analogy, bring into comparison, compare, compare and contrast, compare with, confront, contrast, counterpose, draw a comparison, draw a parallel, equate, juxtapose, liken to, match, measure against, metaphorize, oppose, paragon, parallel, place against, relate, run a comparison, set in contrast, set in opposition, set off against, set over against, similize, view together, weigh, weigh against
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