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akin

[ uh-kin ]
/ əˈkɪn /
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adjective

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.

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RELATED WORDS

comparable, similar, analogous, affiliated, agnate, alike, allied, consonant, corresponding, incident, kindred, like, parallel, connate

Nearby words

akiba ben joseph, akihito, akil, akimbo, akimiski island, akin, akinesia, akinesthesia, akinete, akinetic mutism, akins

Origin of akin

First recorded in 1580–90; see origin at a-2, kin
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British Dictionary definitions for akin

akin

/ (əˈkɪn) /

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

akin


adj.

1550s, from phrase of kin; see kin.

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