\ə-ˈkin \

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.

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Examples of akin in a Sentence

The two languages are closely akin. foxes are closely akin to dogs

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Trying to sneak a ball by Kerber is something akin to trying to put one past a brick wall. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Angelique Kerber outplays Serena Williams, wins her first Wimbledon title," 14 July 2018 For fast-food restaurants, in which the cooking is something akin to an assembly-line, robotic kitchens with limited repertoires (burgers, pizzas, grain bowls, Hunan dishes and so on) look like a promising innovation. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has often described websites as something akin to a Trojan Horse of Western culture and values. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Iranian women are posting videos of themselves dancing in support of arrested Instagram star," 9 July 2018 For critics, on demand waves conjure up images of a future filled with soulless, push-button waves, away from the natural world, making surfing more a theme park attraction than something akin to a spiritual pursuit. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "How Kelly Slater took surfing out of the ocean and onto dry land," 3 July 2018 Philippa was a one-time wet nurse who, after a meteoric rise in the royal court, had become something akin to a foster mother to Joanna and Maria. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 Like, if emoji is something akin to a language, why can’t anyone agree on what individual emoji mean? Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Academics Gathered to Share Emoji Research, and It Was 🔥," 27 June 2018 Indeed, with WeChat recently having surpassed 1 billion accounts— some users have more than one—the service is becoming something akin to a digital operating system for the entire economy. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 Each of its shows received fresh rounds of attention from the viewing public due to the sheer novelty that Netflix shows — which, at the time, still seemed more akin to web series rather than accomplished television — were actually good. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of akin

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for akin

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English Language Learners Definition of akin

: similar or related


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Kids Definition of akin

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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