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feel like (third-person singular simple present feels like, present participle feeling like, simple past and past participle felt like)

  1. To have a desire for something, or to do something.
    I didn't feel like working yesterday, so I called in sick.
  2. To perceive oneself to resemble (something); to have the sense of being (something).
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XVII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      “Perhaps it is because I have been excommunicated. It's absurd, but I feel like the Jackdaw of Rheims.” ¶ She winced and bowed her head. Each time that he spoke flippantly of the Church he caused her pain.
  3. To feel that something is likely to happen; to predict.
    I feel like it will rain all week.
    She felt like the dog could start biting at any moment.
  4. To give a perception of something; to appear or to seem
    It felt like rain, but it barely drizzled.
    It feels like Gerald is the likely suspect.
  5. (meteorology, impersonal) Denotes the apparent temperature.

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  • feel like can be followed by either a noun or by a gerund e.g. After a long day chopping wood, I felt like (taking) a bath.

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