“Like” is a short and legit word. Nothing wrong with using it in your writing. But you can also choose more fitting expressions according to their specific meaning.
|“You always favor your youngest!” He hit the desk with his fist.||Favor||To support or prefer something.|
|“I will always treasure these memories.” He put his hand on his heart.||Treasure||To regard or treat as precious.|
|The press idolized the president.||Idolize||To regard with blind adoration or devotion.|
|“I appreciate her helpful and kind feedback.”||Appreciate||To value or regard, to be grateful or thankful for something.|
|“I adore her intellect,” he said with a dreamy expression.|
“And I adore her long hair,” his little sister added.
|Adore||To regard with the utmost esteem, love, respect, and honor.|
To pay divine honor to something or someone.
To like or admire very much.
|Sophia enjoyed her icecream on the hot summer day.||Enjoy||To find joy or satisfaction.|
|She fancied a hot cup of coffee in the cold and bleak morning.||Fancy||To feel a desire or liking for.|
|I cherish memories of my old home and cousins.||Cherish||To care for tenderly or nurture.|
To cling fondly to something.
|He admired his grandfather’s courage during the war.||Admire||To regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.|
|“Of course I care for her and call her every evening! She is my ill sister.”||Care for||To feel concern or interest.|
To attach importance to something.
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