\ 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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Examples of akin in a Sentence

The two languages are closely akin. foxes are closely akin to dogs
Recent Examples on the Web The company has come under criticism for not fact-checking ads placed by candidates, something that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said is akin to censorship. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Spotify to suspend political ads in early 2020," 27 Dec. 2019 Family farmers say concentrating farmland among a few big companies is akin to feudalism, and un-American. Alana Semuels / Fremont, Time, "'They're Trying to Wipe Us Off the Map.' Small American Farmers Are Nearing Extinction," 27 Nov. 2019 But unlike modern snakes, Najash had a jugal bone, which is akin to a cheekbone. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Fossils Unlock Evolutionary Secrets of Two-Legged Snakes," 21 Nov. 2019 The group, which is akin to an internal research-and-design laboratory, has received a substantial amount of funding and is hiring backend and technology specialists. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "CNN May Launch Its Own Digital News Platform to Compete With Apple, Facebook Offerings," 23 Oct. 2019 But Bill Randell, president of Advantage Benefits Group in Worcester, envisions a scenario in which the state program becomes akin to a high-risk pool. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 20 Dec. 2019 The hearing on Tuesday was to determine if there was enough evidence to allow the case to go forward, a step in Family Court procedure for juveniles akin to a grand jury hearing. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "Lawyer Casts Doubt on Boy’s Statements About Murder of Barnard Student," 17 Dec. 2019 Seeing in full color for the first time was apparently akin to having an orgasm. Camille Bordas, The New Yorker, "Only Orange," 16 Dec. 2019 The first thing to understand is that driving on black ice is not akin to driving on snowy roads. Rosie Siefert, chicagotribune.com, "What to do if you spin out on black ice," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of akin

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for akin

see kin entry 1

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7 Jan 2020

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“Akin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/akin. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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