Synonyms of 'liken'
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When you compare things, you consider them and discover the differences or similarities between them.
Compare the two illustrations in Fig 60.
If you equate one thing with another, or if you say that one thing equates with another, you believe that they are strongly connected.
I equate suits with power and authority.
Thesaurus for liken from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you liken one thing or person to another thing or person, you say that they are similar.