\ 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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Examples of akin in a Sentence

The two languages are closely akin. foxes are closely akin to dogs
Recent Examples on the Web In 1971, President Nixon vetoed the bipartisan Comprehensive Child Development Act, deriding universal day care as akin to communism. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Some wanted the names arranged by employer, which Arad dismissed as akin to a building directory. USA Today, 2 Sep. 2021 As sea levels retreated, scientists say, acidic rain bored holes in the rock, creating a formation regularly described as akin to Swiss cheese. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Aug. 2021 But the shift may also be akin to the reshuffling of blockbuster film release dates that occurs as studios look to avoid having major tentpoles come out at the same time. Chris Willman, Variety, 30 Sep. 2021 The experience is akin to mashing the throttle in a Bentley Mulsanne—a physics-defying jaunt that reaches triple digits without so much as a whisper. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 29 Sep. 2021 As far as scientists can tell, what the slugs accomplish is akin to black-market organ theft, but little more: When the animal dies, its chloroplast cargo dies with it. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 Unhosted wallets — like Fuentes’ — are akin to cash. Erika Kinetz And Lori Hinnant, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Sep. 2021 Liquorice permeates, and the bitter, sweetly herbal finish is akin to Fisherman’s Friend candies. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of akin

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for akin

a- entry 1 + kin entry 1

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16 Oct 2021

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“Akin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/akin. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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