\ ə-ˈlīk How to pronounce alike (audio) \

Definition of alike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of alike (Entry 2 of 2)

: exhibiting close resemblance without being identical alike in their beliefs

Other Words from alike


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: Adverb But that snapshot was just one of thousands that team produced during a special period for players, coaches, front-office personnel and fans alike. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 5 Aug. 2022 Oh, a three-, four- or five-game series alone won’t sufficiently dent a 162-game sample, especially in August, but a quintet of showdown series this weekend will sort a significant amount of emotional baggage for teams and observers alike. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 While cotton sheets are a staple in many bedrooms, alternative materials like bamboo and eucalyptus (plus weaves like percale) are seeing growing popularity among celebrities and interior designers alike. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 One reason is that raising the corporate rate increases taxes on the returns from past and future investments alike. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 Plus, the colors are super fun with neutrals and brights alike. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2022 Kids and adults alike will truly love playing with this monster truck. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2022 Teams and followers alike love authentic people; that's why the ideas of authentic people are spreading like wildfire. Edyta Kwiatkowska, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The quarantine rules, plus the unexpectedly harsh implementation of the sweeping new National Security Law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in 2020, have Hong Kongers and expatriates alike running for the exits. Clay Chandler, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In addition to their look-alike status, Prince William is already teaching his eldest son (who is third in the line of succession to the throne after him) about royal life. Stephanie Petit,, 26 July 2022 Some of the look-alike hopefuls showed up in wool fisherman’s sweaters — while other contestants wore sportsmen’s attire. Maureen Mackey, Fox News, 25 July 2022 Begin with a baseline: From regular weekly shoppers to dot-com dabblers or monthly top-ups, grocery shoppers are not all alike. Barry Clogan, Forbes, 16 June 2022 These rare pairings of etymologically unrelated look-alike words are called heteronyms. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 The rapper and Kim Kardashian look-alike Chaney Jones have broken up after a few months of dating, TMZ reports. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 7 June 2022 Instead, it was created with the help of a software program that analyzed the band's music, eventually crafting an all-new sound-alike track. Brian Raftery,, 29 Mar. 2022 The couple has lived in their house for 30 years, sharing it with two orange look-alike cats. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 28 May 2022 Look-alike weapons and items that were reported but didn’t turn out to be a weapon are the next most common categories after knives. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of alike


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alike


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

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More Definitions for alike


\ ə-ˈlīk How to pronounce alike (audio) \

Kids Definition of alike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in the same way The two friends think alike.



Kids Definition of alike (Entry 2 of 2)

: being like each other : similar in appearance, nature, or form All the shapes are alike.

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