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liken (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

To represent or describe someone or something as being very similar to someone or something else. People keep likening him to Ronald Reagan for his particular political positions. I was really able to visualize it better after my teacher likened the chemical reaction to a football play.
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liken someone or something to someone or something

to compare someone or something to someone or something, concentrating on the similarities. He is strange. I can only liken him to an eccentric millionaire. The poet likened James to a living statue of Mercury.
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"I clicked with the family dynamic," Aguirre-Sacasa explains, likening his relationship with his brother to that of Fantastic Four teammates the Thing and the Human Torch.
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Scholz, who studied, danced, and began choreographing at Stuttgart, said, "The twelve years I spent in Stuttgart -- from being a student at the school to becoming the first resident choreographer after Cranko's death -- have greatly influenced my further development up to my present artistic directorship." Likening Cranko to "a kind of Prometheus amongst choreographers," Scholz added that "one can feel the strong emotional connection to his Stuttgart Ballet: The quick sensing of the diverse qualities of its `body' and the intelligent love of this artist to gently present Stuttgart Ballet's best sides in a unique way.
When Pendleton made his notorious remark likening affirmative action to a "plantation," he was, swoons Detlefsen, "acting on his belief that as a prerequisite to persuading ordinary blacks to abandon the politics of racial preference, he would first need to discredit the icons in whom that idea was embodied." Such gruffness, Detlefsen says, was an "idiom" that "ordinary blacks" understood.
They have used these to drive specific vibrations in a crystal lattice, likening the process to "repetitively pushing a child on a swing" so that the child swings higher and higher.