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[uh-kin] /əˈkɪn/
of kin; related by blood (usually used predicatively):
cousins who were too closely akin for marriage.
allied by nature; having the same properties:
Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
having or showing an affinity; kindred:
They are emotionally but not intellectually akin.
Origin of akin
First recorded in 1580-90; See origin at a-2, kin
2. cognate; similar, analogous, comparable, parallel. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the time had passed when my affections and those of my master were akin.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • And do you consider truth to be akin to proportion or to disproportion?

    The Republic Plato
  • Or that his nature, being such as we have delineated, is akin to the highest good?

    The Republic Plato
  • All of them are akin to speech, and therefore, like speech, admit of true and false.

    Sophist Plato
  • And this science is akin to knowledge rather than to action.

    Statesman Plato
British Dictionary definitions for akin


adjective (postpositive)
related by blood; of the same kin
(often foll by to) having similar characteristics, properties, etc
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Word Origin and History for akin

1550s, from phrase of kin; see kin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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