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

Examples of alike in a Sentence

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
As the first couple soldiers on in what aims to be a full-steam ahead re-election effort following the president’s shaky debate performance last week in Atlanta, the Bidens are sure to be scrutinized more than ever by the media, voters, followers and critics alike. Rosemary Feitelberg, WWD, 4 July 2024 The family has pulled back on short- and long-term spending alike. Shannon Pettypiece, NBC News, 4 July 2024
Even the two economies are more alike than many remember. Rush Doshi, Foreign Affairs, 30 May 2024 Researching siblings also isn't easy, because no two families are alike. Yuki Noguchi, NPR, 2 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for alike 

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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 12 Jul. 2024.

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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