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Definition of 'lick'


  1. a salt deposit that animals regularly lick
       Synonyms: salt lick
  2. touching with the tongue; "the dog's laps were warm and wet"
       Synonyms: lap
  3. (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose"
       Synonyms: punch clout poke biff


  1. beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
       Synonyms: cream bat clobber drub thrash
  2. pass the tongue over; "the dog licked her hand"
       Synonyms: lap
  3. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "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"
       Synonyms: solve work out figure out puzzle out work
  4. take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"
       Synonyms: lap lap up

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