[ uh-lahyk ]
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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.

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

Origin of alike

First recorded before 950; Middle English alyke, from 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

Other words for alike

Opposites for alike

Other words from alike

  • a·like·ness, noun
  • half-a·like, adjective
  • un·a·like, adjective, adverb

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How to use alike in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for alike


/ (əˈlaɪk) /

  1. possessing the same or similar characteristics: they all look alike to me

  1. in the same or a similar manner, way, or degree: they walk alike

Origin of alike

Old English gelīc; see like 1

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