1 of 2


: in the same manner, form, or degree : equally
was denounced by teachers and students alike


2 of 2


: exhibiting close resemblance without being identical
alike in their beliefs
alikeness noun

Example Sentences

Adverb regulations that are disapproved of by teachers and students alike Adjective The two cars are much alike. all the houses in the neighborhood are alike in that they all have a one-car garage and a fenced-in backyard
Recent Examples on the Web
In a place starkly divided by race, this man was someone both White and Black residents, adults and children alike, would swear was one of the good ones. Carole V. Bell, Washington Post, 6 June 2023 Cosby makes clear that the county — named after the mythological Greek who ferried deceased souls over the River Styx — is awash in centuries of violence and mayhem perpetrated during harsh winters and family picnics alike and commemorated at Founders’ Day celebrations in the county square. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2023 Increasingly, lawmakers and residents alike are making similar connections. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 1 June 2023 Russian officials and Ukrainian allies alike appeared to be choosing their words carefully in responding to the attack. Eric Nagourney,, 31 May 2023 Both Fyodor and Timo are of mixed-race parentage; otherwise the couple are nothing alike. Hazlitt, 31 May 2023 That being said, many designers and readers alike prefer to have book titles visible. House Beautiful, 31 May 2023 Tamura's Market Wailuku is a grocery store and an in-the-know destination for some of the best poke on the island that’s beloved by locals and visitors alike. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2023 Though the threat primarily comes from right-wing agitators, researchers found that Democrats and Republicans alike have been targeted, sometimes by members of their own parties. Hannah Allam, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2023
The creative reimagining of this historic house has been adapted into a modern bed-and-breakfast where no two spaces are alike. Jessica Ritz, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2023 If all the individuals are genetically alike and lack resistance, the population will die out. Anna Funk, Quanta Magazine, 25 Apr. 2023 Up & Up Free + Clear Laundry Detergent Up & Up Free + Clear Laundry Detergent has been recommended by parents and pediatricians alike as the best hypoallergenic laundry detergent for sensitive skin. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2023 Indeed, no two Katie Ridder homes are alike. Robert Rufino, ELLE Decor, 27 Mar. 2023 Each model has variants, each of those variants have configurations with too many sound-alike model numbers (thank you, Intel), and many of the model names are unmemorable names. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 25 Nov. 2022 His sophisticated and elegant touch is seen throughout the building, and in true Despont style where no detail is left to chance, no two apartments are alike. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2022 That disagreement is understandable, because no two families are alike. Kelsey Bolar, National Review, 16 Nov. 2021 But don’t fall under the misconception that all horror movies are alike. Elena Nicolaou,, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History



Middle English ilik, ilich (from Old English gelīc) & alik, alteration of Old English onlīc, from on + līc body — more at like entry 1

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alike was in the 14th century

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“Alike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
alikeness noun


2 of 2 adverb
: in the same manner, form, or degree
we think alike

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