Definition of alike in English:



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

    ‘the brothers were very much alike’
    ‘the houses all looked alike’
    • ‘Directly opposite him, on the other side of the enclosed space, were two doors, exactly alike and side by side.’
    • ‘They could be functionally alike, in the sense that all of them could, and sometimes did, claim political autonomy.’
    • ‘I think we are more alike than we know in the way our hearts react to the men we love.’
    • ‘We need to be both alike and different in order to relate in a complementary fashion.’
    • ‘In theory people became more alike and in many ways the world became much fairer.’
    • ‘Because dogs and humans are more alike than different we should treat dogs more like we would want to be treated ourselves.’
    • ‘Men and women are much more alike than different, and the huge differences we see are predominantly social.’
    • ‘Non-identical twins are only as genetically alike as any brother or sister.’
    • ‘The tone is unvarying and some of the songs sound too alike, musical twins holding hands.’
    • ‘The boys looked exactly alike, but each of them was possessed of an extraordinary and unique gift.’
    • ‘It is reasonable to expect that contiguous homilies would be more alike than distant ones.’
    • ‘The children were very alike, the older had his arm around the other's shoulder, they were both smiling.’
    • ‘It was amazing how alike talking to Will was to talking to a brick wall.’
    • ‘Other than in the most trivial sense that identical twins look more alike than most people, this is simply false.’
    • ‘Similarly, human groups can be reconciled because we are more alike than different.’
    • ‘Prior to the start of the Tour, the press and public alike pinpoint potential rivals, but they never live up to the billing.’
    • ‘But both think that when they were younger men they were more alike than they are now.’
    • ‘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 two peoples are also alike in the sense that they are not nations.’
    • ‘She had been unsure about traveling with him, but they were more alike than he would admit.’
    similar, the same, indistinguishable, identical, uniform, interchangeable, undifferentiated, homogeneous, much the same, of a piece, cut from the same cloth
    resembling, corresponding, like, parallel, analogous, cognate
    like peas in a pod, like two peas in a pod, much of a muchness
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  • 1In the same or a similar way.

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


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).