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alike

[ uh-lahyk ]
/ əˈlaɪk /
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adverb
in the same manner or form; similarly: They treated all customers alike.
to the same degree; equally: All three were guilty alike.
adjective
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

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 FROM alike

a·like·ness, nounhalf-a·like, adjectiveun·a·like, adjective, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for alike

alike
/ (əˈlaɪk) /

adjective (postpositive)
possessing the same or similar characteristicsthey all look alike to me
adverb
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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