\ 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 With economists and billionaires alike signaling the US economy may be headed for recession, Beyonce is still a good bet, according to Goldman Sachs Asset Management Chief Investment Officer of Public Equity Katie Koch. Fortune, 21 June 2022 Now farms an hour’s drive away cultivate marigolds, chrysanthemums, tulips, rue, and other herbs for area vendors to sell to residents and visitors alike year-round. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 June 2022 For $349 a night, the What if Cabin can offer tourists and locals alike an authentic north Georgia experience that families won’t want to miss. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 13 June 2022 The imperfect work-from-home environment that was forced into being by the once-in-a-century Covid-19 crisis gave employers and employees alike an unexpected experience. Jason Richmond, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Zhu’s school and others across the country sealed themselves off weeks before the gaokao, with students and teachers alike barred from leaving campus. Vic Chiang, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 Democrats and Republicans alike mentioned the need to invest in mental health services and training to try to help people potentially prone to a violent outburst. David A. Lieb, Anchorage Daily News, 29 May 2022 With control of Congress at stake, Democrats and Republicans alike are trying to put opposing candidates on the defensive by forcing them to take difficult stances that wouldn’t play well in a competitive general election race in November. Zoë Richards, NBC News, 5 May 2022 Powerful Democrats and Republicans alike on Capitol Hill last week began voicing support for a U.S. ban on Russian oil and natural gas imports as the next step to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the invasion. Eric Tucker, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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, 6 May 2022 Some left Reddit altogether, moving instead to a small, femcel-specific board on the Reddit-look-alike site The Pink Pill, which has only 580 members. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 12 May 2022 The chefs were challenged with making look-alike dishes that taste the opposite. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 12 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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\ 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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