Definition of akin in English:

akin

adjective

  • 1[predicative] Of similar character:

    ‘something akin to gratitude overwhelmed her’
    ‘genius and madness are akin’
    • ‘Without having read his comments, something akin to that feeling always propelled me on.’
    • ‘It was his character which was unpredictable, akin to a time-bomb waiting to go off.’
    • ‘This gives it a unique character, more akin to a board game such as chess than to a normal card game.’
    • ‘As Ray puts it, this is akin to the change and variation occurring among the characters in a story.’
    • ‘At the moment the situation is very much akin to the tail wagging the dog.’
    • ‘Winstone proclaims his love for West Ham as he tops up his tan by a Spanish pool, looking something akin to an orange Smart car.’
    • ‘With 12 independently administered areas, the city is more akin to a series of linked villages.’
    • ‘The limestone pavement gives the island a character akin to the Burren with a similar flora.’
    • ‘When it comes to knocking the stuffing out of rival teams, Hearts are becoming something akin to specialists.’
    • ‘In fact, the Chinese model is akin to the Gandhian scheme of decentralised development.’
    • ‘Salvaging good news from such a disaster may be akin to pulling a shopping trolley out of a canal - what exactly do you gain?’
    • ‘Goodwin describes the process as being akin to working on a jigsaw.’
    • ‘There are areas of every American city that you steer clear of or hurry through because they are more akin to third than first world.’
    • ‘It's more akin to buying a lottery ticket than paying for a service.’
    • ‘The effect is somewhat akin to accelerating through various 20th century musical schools.’
    • ‘But within the Labour tribe, it is akin to smashing a sacred tablet of stone.’
    • ‘Something akin to the process of declaring saints of the Roman Catholic Church.’
    • ‘This is an experience that cannot be replicated outside a university or something at least akin to it.’
    • ‘Since the collapse of Enron in January 2002, maintenance has become more akin to life support.’
    • ‘That's the way he characterised your approach and he said that was akin to blackmail.’
    similar, related, close, near, corresponding, comparable, parallel, equivalent
    allied with, connected with, like
    alike, matching, analogous, cognate, of a piece
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    1. 1.1 Related by blood:
      ‘my parents were akin, probably half cousins’

Origin

Mid 16th century: contracted form of of kin.

Pronunciation

akin

/əˈkɪn/