\ 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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Their efforts, Mr Blanchette wryly notes, are akin to those of American climate-change deniers. The Economist, "Inside the neo-Maoist movement in China," 17 July 2019 Wescover is akin to a digital gallery for art lovers that’s enhanced by a mapping partnership with the Google Lens app — one of just a handful of companies allowed to push its content onto this search engine behemoth. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Recoding retail: Women bring digital savvy to art, pop-ups and fashion," 16 July 2019 Immigration enforcement authorities said their plans to track down migrants with deportation orders would continue, but their actions over the weekend appeared more akin to routine actions rather than the mass roundups the president promised. Author: Abigail Hauslohner, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Immigrant families wait in dread, but no sign of large-scale enforcement raids," 15 July 2019 The final show of the season was akin to the Super Bowl for the participants. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Plantation Equestrian Center features Heritage Horse Show," 3 July 2019 Seeing Kallman work is akin to watching Jackson Pollock let loose in an ice cream parlor with an unlimited candy supply. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "The Big Chill: Here’s the scoop on some of the coolest ice cream," 3 July 2019 To most employees, Intel meant memory chips; the strategy of dominating that market was akin to religious dogma. Safi Bahcall, WIRED, "NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk," 3 July 2019 Lesbians were more financially vulnerable and culturally invisible; many had lived so long in the closet that coming out in a movie was akin to taking a trip to the moon. Andrea Weiss, The Atlantic, "Creating the First Visual History of Queer Life Before Stonewall," 30 June 2019 Their locker room is housed in a temporary trailer, the stadium is akin to that of your high school and the glory goes nearly unnoticed. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Colorado Rapids prospects know playing for the USL Switchbacks isn’t glamorous, but it’s necessary," 28 June 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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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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