\ 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
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First Known Use of akin

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for akin

a- entry 1 + kin entry 1

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13 May 2022

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\ 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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