Definition of akin in English:

akin

adjective

  • 1predicative Of similar character.

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