akin

adjective \ ə-ˈkin \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of akin

1 : related by blood : descended from a common ancestor or prototype
  • The dog and fox are closely akin.
2 : essentially similar, related, or compatible
  • His interests are akin to mine.

Examples of akin in a Sentence

  1. The two languages are closely akin.

  2. foxes are closely akin to dogs

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Origin and Etymology of akin

see 1kin


AKIN Defined for English Language Learners

akin

adjective

Definition of akin for English Language Learners

  • : similar or related


AKIN Defined for Kids

akin

adjective \ ə-ˈkin \

Definition of akin for Students

1 : related by blood
  • They discovered that they were akin—cousins, in fact.
2 : similar
  • Your hobbies are akin to mine.


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