"Like" is a very prolific word. It can be a verb, or it can form a comparison, as illustrated by these sentences beloved by linguistics students:
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana. (Corrected.)
(Which also illustrate oddities with "time" and "flies", but that's not the topic of this disquisitiion.)
"Like" is also a prolific combiner: likely, likeness, unlike, dislike, childlike, likewise, ...
And clearly, in its non-verbal sense, it's related to the German "-lich".
But "like" is so common that a search on the site refuses to respond. The other forms shown here appear in commentary but not as topics.
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