Definition of alike in English:

alike

adjective

  • predicative (of two or more people or things) similar to each other.

    ‘the brothers were very much alike’
    ‘the houses all looked alike’
    • ‘Similarly, human groups can be reconciled because we are more alike than different.’
    • ‘Because dogs and humans are more alike than different we should treat dogs more like we would want to be treated ourselves.’
    • ‘Directly opposite him, on the other side of the enclosed space, were two doors, exactly alike and side by side.’
    • ‘It was amazing how alike talking to Will was to talking to a brick wall.’
    • ‘The children were very alike, the older had his arm around the other's shoulder, they were both smiling.’
    • ‘They could be functionally alike, in the sense that all of them could, and sometimes did, claim political autonomy.’
    • ‘She had been unsure about traveling with him, but they were more alike than he would admit.’
    • ‘Men and women are much more alike than different, and the huge differences we see are predominantly social.’
    • ‘Other than in the most trivial sense that identical twins look more alike than most people, this is simply false.’
    • ‘It is reasonable to expect that contiguous homilies would be more alike than distant ones.’
    • ‘The two peoples are also alike in the sense that they are not nations.’
    • ‘The tone is unvarying and some of the songs sound too alike, musical twins holding hands.’
    • ‘If there is any message I would send to all my fellow humans - it would be that we are more alike than we are different.’
    • ‘The boys looked exactly alike, but each of them was possessed of an extraordinary and unique gift.’
    • ‘In theory people became more alike and in many ways the world became much fairer.’
    • ‘We need to be both alike and different in order to relate in a complementary fashion.’
    • ‘Non-identical twins are only as genetically alike as any brother or sister.’
    • ‘Prior to the start of the Tour, the press and public alike pinpoint potential rivals, but they never live up to the billing.’
    • ‘I think we are more alike than we know in the way our hearts react to the men we love.’
    • ‘But both think that when they were younger men they were more alike than they are now.’
    similar, the same, indistinguishable, identical, uniform, interchangeable, undifferentiated, homogeneous, much the same, of a piece, cut from the same cloth
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adverb

  • 1In the same or a similar way.

    ‘they dressed alike in black trousers and jackets’
    • ‘Regarding as futile the compromises accepted by other Catholic leaders, he fought alike all philosophical theories and political arrangements that did not come up to the full traditional Christian standard.’
    • ‘I knew this was true, for they dressed much alike, especially in their war-gear.’
    • ‘When she had planned her own costume she had of course roped the boys into dressing alike with her.’
    • ‘Maybe you and your sister have always dressed alike or gotten your hair cut the same way.’
    • ‘If great minds think alike, then offering such a comparison would surely have been a good way of demonstrating that fact.’
    • ‘And, just to underline their point they even insisted on dressing alike, all the time.’
    • ‘The three men were also dressed alike: denim jeans, long-sleeved plaid shirts, and work boots.’
    • ‘They were dressed alike in business suits and blue ties, but had on hunting boots and leggings.’
    • ‘The fact remains that the men who put on uniforms, no matter which flag the marched under, fought and died alike, in horrendous circumstances.’
    • ‘The culture appears to be undergoing some kind of revival among those who like to express their individuality by dressing alike.’
    • ‘The remnant of the Table fought alike.’
    • ‘I'm not sure if that's a case of great minds thinking alike or fools seldom differing.’
    • ‘McCallum likened Joe to Marciano saying they were built alike and fought alike, using a "jungle technique."’
    • ‘They hunted in a pack and even dressed alike in a semi-aware expression of mutual love.’
    • ‘I find it a little disconcerting when adult twins dress and style themselves alike.’
    • ‘Likewise, as no two fighters fight exactly alike, the controls from fighter to fighter vary a bit.’
    • ‘Emily saw Abby's eyes light with fire as she noticed that they were dressed alike.’
    • ‘Whites and blacks in the Caribbean speak alike, and if you notice any difference, it is socio-economically based, not ethnically based.’
    • ‘I guess it must just be a classic case of great bookmaking minds thinking alike.’
    • ‘The employees stared dumbly after him, all of them dressed alike, members of the same club.’
    similarly, the same, just the same, in the same fashion, in the same manner, in the same way, in like manner, identically, uniformly
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    1. 1.1 Used to show that something applies equally to a number of specified subjects.
      ‘he talked in a friendly manner to staff and patients alike’
      • ‘He said the dispute had been long-running and a cause of concern to staff and patients alike.’
      • ‘His back clinics brought great relief to colleagues and patients alike.’
      • ‘Actors and audience alike start conversing with a dog or a frog or a snowman as if it were human.’
      • ‘These lunchtime performances continue to be popular with staff, patients and visitors alike.’
      • ‘Doctors, nurses and patients alike have a right to expect rather more than that.’
      • ‘It was a truly spectacular scene with clubs from the north and south alike taking part.’
      • ‘The Liberal Democrats say the planning law should apply equally to all gipsies and non-gipsies alike.’
      • ‘Shock and disbelief sent ratchet and hairdryer alike clattering to the forest floor.’
      • ‘Friend and foe alike felt that the chief of California's giant pension fund had gone too far’
      • ‘Couples, young and old alike, strolling hand in hand, smiling and whispering to each other.’
      • ‘Leveraging this effort should reap rewards for managers, professionals, and patients alike.’
      • ‘Both warrior and martyr alike join forces in the town and attempt to keep the peace.’
      • ‘I find the pews strong and sturdy, where young and old alike feel secure during periods of worship or quiet reflection.’
      • ‘But family tensions and feuds bring their own stresses at this time of year and can ruin the big day for children and adults alike.’
      • ‘Young and old alike enjoyed taking walks to see the many houses that were spectacularly lit up for Christmas.’
      • ‘They are degrading to workers and patients alike and they should be stopped.’
      • ‘Yet, despite all this activity, the subject remains a cause of frustration for doctors and patients alike.’
      • ‘Teaching and non-teaching patients alike said that they were willing to be seen by students.’
      • ‘It reflects the changing mood of a city where young and old alike love to live.’
      • ‘Job explained that wicked and good alike rose and fell and the work of men perished like ears of corn.’

Origin

Old English gelīc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gelijk and German gleich, reinforced in Middle English by Old Norse álíkr (adjective) and álíka (adverb).

Pronunciation

alike

/əˈlʌɪk/