\ ə-ˈkin How to pronounce akin (audio) \

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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affiliated, allied, kindred, related



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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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The policy, akin to Germany’s Industry 4.0, deployed billions of dollars in funds to upgrade China’s manufacturing capabilities. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Manufacturers Are Considering Leaving China. But It Isn't All Because of the Trade War," 7 June 2019 The campaign to ban or curb horse racing is somewhat akin to the debate over zoos — whether such institutions are vital for wildlife conservation or whether captivity is a form of imprisonment. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "The curious power of a day at the races," 7 June 2019 From there, payments are simple—a matter of a few taps, akin to sending money via Venmo or PayPal. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 Taylor said, and to generate a modern experience that was also akin to Shakespeare’s rowdy Elizabethan era. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "'Hamlet' by the Back Room Shakespeare Project is not your mother's Shakespeare," 6 June 2019 If Obama’s history-making campaign was buoyed by hope and aspiration, many black voters regard the 2020 election with feelings more akin to resignation and risk aversion. Mark Z. Barabak, latimes.com, "For many black voters, 2020 isn’t about pride or making history. It’s about beating Trump," 6 June 2019 Which, at his age, and weight — Cabrera weighs 249 pounds, according to the team’s 2019 media guide — will be a task akin to hitting for the Triple Crown. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera problem just got worse," 5 June 2019 The room is divided into disciplines, akin to a NASA mission control room, with engineers in one section, payload specialists in another, and a stratum of officers overseeing the checklists. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Locked Rooms Where They Protect GPS," 22 Mar. 2019 Also like FaZe Clan, 100 Thieves’ core objective is to produce a line of merchandise akin to other popular streetwear lifestyle apparel. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "FaZe Clan welcomes ‘FaZe Boat’," 18 Dec. 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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The first known use of akin was in 1525

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English Language Learners Definition of akin

: similar or related


\ ə-ˈkin How to pronounce akin (audio) \

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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