I am looking for a verb with the meaning of ceasing to like something/someone.

To dislike is not fitting here, as it means the opposite of like, not going back from liking something to having a neutral opinion about it.

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    Can you provide an example sentence with a fill-in-the-blank ____ where you would use this word? May 30 at 14:19
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    Unlike is a verb these days. May 31 at 14:11
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    ... which comes from undoing the action or setting/state of touching/clicking the like button. (For those of us less social media savvy.)
    – Pablo H
    May 31 at 14:53
  • fall out of like May 31 at 17:18
  • Unliked.... if we really must.... quit following is better. Never having subscribed to anything is best.
    – Mazura
    May 31 at 22:02

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The transitive multi word verb (traditionally 'phrasal verb') go off works in informal contexts:

go off 1. [phrasal verb] B2

If you go off someone or something, you stop liking them. [British, informal]

  • "Why have they gone off him now?"—"It could be something he said." [verb + particle + noun]
  • I started to go off the idea. [verb + particle + noun]



Although many synonyms are given by Collins, Merriam-Webster and Thesaurus.com, for example, for other senses of 'go off' (depart / explode / sound / take place / go bad), many of them single words, none are offered for this sense. And while Macmillan does mention some ... I'll class them as 'related words', none indicates the fall from favour.

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    Going off at/on someone means bawling them out, yelling at them, ripping them a new one, subjecting them to one's verbal wrath or tirade.
    – tchrist
    May 30 at 13:15
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    Yes, that's the transitive arguably 3-orthographic-word MWV 'go off at/on' = 'explode at'. May 30 at 16:28
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    I don't think I have heard go off used in that sense, but yes to put off or turned off.
    – jxh
    May 31 at 6:38
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    @tchrist She’s gone off him because he went off on her about her always going off with her friends. May 31 at 9:41
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    @tchrist - "going off means yelling". So what? the phrase "going off" has no connection, in any way, to the phrase "gone off" (as in sour milk) or "gone off" (as in lost interest in a girlfriend). The phrase "I've gone off her" is completely commonplace in the US, Aus and UK.
    – Fattie
    Jun 1 at 13:35

In addition to "to go off (something)" as suggested in Edwin's answer there is also the verb "to sour on (something)" which means

to stop liking or being interested in (something)

It's tagged in that dictionary as "US", and it's probably more common in US English, but as a UK speaker I would certainly understand it.


I like the term disenchanted:

disenchanted: no longer happy, pleased, or satisfied: disappointed, dissatisfied


Edit: Another word just came to me - Jaded

Jaded : made dull, apathetic, or cynical by experience or by having or seeing too much of something


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    similar: disillusioned
    – Ben Voigt
    May 31 at 21:15
  • Incorrect, disillusioned is to believe that something is what it is not and to find out that after the event. Disenchanted in a form, is to be jaded May 31 at 22:03
  • That's the correct definition of disillusioned, and one shared by disenchanted. The difference is in how the wrong belief/false impression came to be. If A had a wrong belief about B caused by B, losing that belief is disenchantment. If A had a wrong belief about B caused by A, losing that belief is disillusionment.
    – Ben Voigt
    May 31 at 22:06
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    Yes, I see what you're saying, but that's cause and effect, not a similarity. May 31 at 22:13
  • @RiagoMinota Merriam-Webster does not agree with you...
    – barbecue
    Jun 2 at 23:18

I immediately thought of grow out of [something], defined by Cambridge as:


to stop having an interest in something or stop doing something as you become older:

He wants to be a rapper, but I think he'll grow out of it.

Outgrow is used synonymously.

We don't have negative feelings for the things we grow out of, but we don't have the passion that used to be there either — there's usually only nostalgia.

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    This is generally for things that you liked due to immaturity, like playing with children's toys. You wouldn't use it if you simply lose interest in something, or have a falling out with a friend.
    – Barmar
    May 31 at 15:06
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    I agree with @Barmar that outgrowing something is to be used whenyou have matured past its appeal. An example would be outgrowing a genre of video games or novels you liked as a teenager. However , in the cases where it does fit, there is no better alternative word or phrase. For that reason I am up-voting this.
    – R.S.
    May 31 at 16:59
  • How would to grow out of be simpler or more precise than to stop liking or to cease liking? Jun 1 at 2:23

I am going to throw a very short British oddball since it has not been mentioned and I am Tired/Jaded.

"Tire of" (not to be confused with Tyre off) in British English , is a frequent saying indicating a lack of older interest.


to become bored with someone or something, or to stop enjoying an activity: This is the kind of toy that kids will soon tire of. He never tires of (= he enjoys) playing games on his computer.

For a single word try very obtuse Satiate but that's usually used for "no longer a need for" such as, satisfied an appetite for something.



To lose interest is to stop finding something interesting. It implies that something previously held your attention (in a positive way) for awhile, but not any longer. It's a fairly neutral way to stop liking something, not implying that you now dislike it, just that it's no longer of interest to you. Several of the other answers here suggest a somewhat more negative view of the thing you stopped liking (that you now actively dislike it), but losing interest typically connotes a shift from a positive view to a neutral, rather than negative, view.


+1 to RigaoMinota's "disenchanted"; I would suggest cooled as a lesser degree of change in attitude and cooling the actual process.

to lose ardor or passion

His anger cooled.

[Merriam-Webster, 2.2]

IMO, "disenchanted" implies that the person in question started, well, "enchanted"; to my mind, "cooled" doesn't bring that implication.

  • Yes; 'cooled towards [a person] / [a suggestion/project ...]' certainly fits. Aug 3 at 13:53

Weary is one possibility. To grow or become weary of something means to tire of it for whatever reason. But it's not very suitable for people.


Gotten over?

I had a Dragonball Z phase, but I've gotten over it and now Chainsawman is my fave anime!

  • Gotten over makes it sound like it's a good thing to be past it.
    – DKNguyen
    Jun 2 at 21:34
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    You should probably get over CSM as well. :P
    – Sammitch
    Jun 2 at 22:25
  • lol, it was a lie, I haven't seen CSman, just the banner ad! Never gonna get over DBZ!
    – Engineer
    Jun 6 at 19:21

Might I suggest pall

To become tired of, wearied by.

his humour began to pall on us
He found that his retirement hobbies began to pall after a couple of years.

It isn't as pointed as dislike, but it does hint at a repetition that no longer satisfies like it once did.

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