Meaning of alike in English:


Pronunciation /əˈlʌɪk/

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  • (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.’
    • ‘Other than in the most trivial sense that identical twins look more alike than most people, this is simply false.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But both think that when they were younger men they were more alike than they are now.’
    • ‘The tone is unvarying and some of the songs sound too alike, musical twins holding hands.’
    • ‘In theory people became more alike and in many ways the world became much fairer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The two peoples are also alike in the sense that they are not nations.’
    • ‘It is reasonable to expect that contiguous homilies would be more alike than distant ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We need to be both alike and different in order to relate in a complementary fashion.’
    • ‘Because dogs and humans are more alike than different we should treat dogs more like we would want to be treated ourselves.’
    • ‘The children were very alike, the older had his arm around the other's shoulder, they were both smiling.’
    • ‘I think we are more alike than we know in the way our hearts react to the men we love.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was amazing how alike talking to Will was to talking to a brick wall.’
    similar, the same, indistinguishable, identical, uniform, interchangeable, undifferentiated, homogeneous, much the same, of a piece, cut from the same cloth
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  • 1In the same or a similar way.

    ‘they dressed alike in black trousers and jackets’
    • ‘And, just to underline their point they even insisted on dressing alike, all the time.’
    • ‘The culture appears to be undergoing some kind of revival among those who like to express their individuality by dressing alike.’
    • ‘Maybe you and your sister have always dressed alike or gotten your hair cut the same way.’
    • ‘They hunted in a pack and even dressed alike in a semi-aware expression of mutual love.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three men were also dressed alike: denim jeans, long-sleeved plaid shirts, and work boots.’
    • ‘When she had planned her own costume she had of course roped the boys into dressing alike with her.’
    • ‘The employees stared dumbly after him, all of them dressed alike, members of the same club.’
    • ‘I knew this was true, for they dressed much alike, especially in their war-gear.’
    • ‘I guess it must just be a classic case of great bookmaking minds thinking alike.’
    • ‘I find it a little disconcerting when adult twins dress and style themselves alike.’
    • ‘If great minds think alike, then offering such a comparison would surely have been a good way of demonstrating that fact.’
    • ‘I'm not sure if that's a case of great minds thinking alike or fools seldom differing.’
    • ‘The remnant of the Table fought alike.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘McCallum likened Joe to Marciano saying they were built alike and fought alike, using a "jungle technique."’
    • ‘The fact remains that the men who put on uniforms, no matter which flag the marched under, fought and died alike, in horrendous circumstances.’
    • ‘Likewise, as no two fighters fight exactly alike, the controls from fighter to fighter vary a bit.’
    • ‘Whites and blacks in the Caribbean speak alike, and if you notice any difference, it is socio-economically based, not ethnically based.’
    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’
      • ‘He said the dispute had been long-running and a cause of concern to staff and patients alike.’
      • ‘Yet, despite all this activity, the subject remains a cause of frustration for doctors and patients alike.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Leveraging this effort should reap rewards for managers, professionals, and patients alike.’
      • ‘His back clinics brought great relief to colleagues and patients alike.’
      • ‘Teaching and non-teaching patients alike said that they were willing to be seen by students.’
      • ‘They are degrading to workers and patients alike and they should be stopped.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I find the pews strong and sturdy, where young and old alike feel secure during periods of worship or quiet reflection.’
      • ‘Friend and foe alike felt that the chief of California's giant pension fund had gone too far’
      • ‘It was a truly spectacular scene with clubs from the north and south alike taking part.’
      • ‘It reflects the changing mood of a city where young and old alike love to live.’
      • ‘Shock and disbelief sent ratchet and hairdryer alike clattering to the forest floor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Actors and audience alike start conversing with a dog or a frog or a snowman as if it were human.’
      • ‘Couples, young and old alike, strolling hand in hand, smiling and whispering to each other.’


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).