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  1. of kin; related by blood (usually used predicatively): cousins who were too closely akin for marriage.

  2. allied by nature; having the same properties: Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.

  1. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for akin


/ (əˈkɪn) /

  1. related by blood; of the same kin

  2. (often foll by to) having similar characteristics, properties, etc

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