Definition of alike in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlʌɪk/


(Of two or more people or things) similar to each other: the brothers were very much alike the houses all looked alike
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  • 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.
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
informal like (two) peas in a pod, much of a muchness, (like) Tweedledum and Tweedledee


1In the same or a similar way: the girls dressed alike in black trousers and jackets
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  • 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.
similarly, the same, just the same, in the same way/manner/fashion, in like manner, identically, uniformly
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
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  • 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.


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).

Words that rhyme with alike

bike, haik, hike, like, mic, mike, mislike, pike, psych, psyche, shrike, spike, strike, trike, tyke, Van Dyck, vandyke

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