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  1. in the same manner or form; similarly: They treated all customers alike.
  2. to the same degree; equally: All three were guilty alike.
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  1. having resemblance or similarity; having or showing no marked or important difference: He thinks all politicians are alike.
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Origin of alike

before 950; Middle English alyke < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse ālīkr, cognate with Old English onlīc, Old High German analīh; replacing Middle English ilich, Old English gelīc, cognate with Old Saxon gilīk, Old High German gilīh (German gleich), Gothic galeiks, Old Norse (g)līkr; see like1
Related formsa·like·ness, nounhalf-a·like, adjectiveun·a·like, adjective, adverb


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  • The Universal Father could surely not do otherwise than bless all alike.

  • But, alike, young and old are neatly and wholesomely dressed.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • In winter alike ordinary Mass and these celebrations were stopped by the snow.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Alike as to formation, aspect, and climate, the Causses are unique in France.'

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • But Linda had said that all women were alike in their hearts.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

British Dictionary definitions for alike


adjective (postpositive)
  1. possessing the same or similar characteristicsthey all look alike to me
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  1. in the same or a similar manner, way, or degreethey walk alike
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Word Origin

Old English gelīc; see like 1
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Word Origin and History for alike


c.1300, aliche, from Old English gelic and/or onlice "similar," from Proto-Germanic *galikam "associated form" (cf. Old Frisian gelik, German gleich, Gothic galeiks, Old Norse glikr; see like (adj.)).

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