akin

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adjective \ə-ˈkin\

Definition of akin

  1. 1 :  related by blood :  descended from a common ancestor or prototype The dog and fox are closely akin.

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of akin

see 1kin


First Known Use: 1525


AKIN Defined for English Language Learners

akin

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adjective \ə-ˈkin\

Definition of akin for English Language Learners

  • : similar or related


AKIN Defined for Kids

akin

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adjective \ə-ˈkin\

Definition of akin for Students

  1. 1 :  related by blood They discovered that they were akin—cousins, in fact.

  2. 2 :  similar Your hobbies are akin to mine.



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