[ uh-lahyk ]
/ əˈlaɪk /


in the same manner or form; similarly: They treated all customers alike.
to the same degree; equally: All three were guilty alike.


having resemblance or similarity; having or showing no marked or important difference: He thinks all politicians are alike.

Nearby words

  1. aligning punch,
  2. alignment,
  3. alignment chart,
  4. alignment curve,
  5. aligoté,
  6. aliment,
  7. alimentary,
  8. alimentary canal,
  9. alimentary glycosuria,
  10. alimentary lipemia

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alike


/ (əˈlaɪk) /

adjective (postpositive)

possessing the same or similar characteristicsthey all look alike to me


in the same or a similar manner, way, or degreethey walk alike

Word Origin for alike

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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