\ 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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Twitter-scrolling and life itself can sometimes feel akin to being throttled through some strange and endless pneumatic tube—would that all our journeys could resolve so gently. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, "The Nihilistic Euphoria of the Fish Tube," 15 Aug. 2019 Unlike other space capsules that use parachutes, the Dream Chaser will land akin to an airplane, gliding down horizontally onto a runway. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Sierra Nevada picks the future Vulcan rocket to fly its mini-spaceplane to orbit," 14 Aug. 2019 Bennet has also proposed paying farmers as well as creating a whole new agency tasked with thinking of big solutions to agriculture and climate akin to DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Time, "The Newest Audience for Democrats' Climate Change Plans: Iowa Farmers," 13 Aug. 2019 That has prompted reinsurers to set up money-management platforms, akin to betting interfaces, where investors can punt on various classes of risk. The Economist, "The future of insurance is happening without insurance firms," 20 July 2019 There have also been op-eds in 1971 that suggested the midi was turning into a defiant statement piece akin to the Man Repeller style of today. Marlen Komar, Vox, "The surprisingly controversial history of the midi-length skirt," 27 June 2019 The temperatures were scalding: Extreme humidity mingled with temperatures in the 90s to create a classic New Orleans summer day, where walking outdoors felt akin to opening the dishwasher mid-cycle. Hanna Krueger, nola.com, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 Both sides have agreed to treat genetic genealogy as a method for investigators to generate leads, akin to someone calling in a tip over the phone. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method," 17 June 2019 Yet for Iran’s youth, many of whom celebrated the signing of the 2015 nuclear deal in the streets, the situation now feels more akin to a funeral. Mehdi Fattahi, The Seattle Times, "In Iran, a plunging economy trumps fears of US confrontation," 19 May 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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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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