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[uh-kin] /əˈkɪn/
of kin; related by blood (usually used predicatively):
cousins who were too closely akin for marriage.
allied by nature; having the same properties:
Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
having or showing an affinity; kindred:
They are emotionally but not intellectually akin.
Origin of akin
1580-90; see a-2, kin
2. cognate; similar, analogous, comparable, parallel. Unabridged
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  • And in some ways it's akin to choosing between his children.
  • These great, lumbering creatures of the past seem more akin to fantasy than fiction.
  • To post bogus reviews is akin to circulating counterfeit money: it undermines the credibility of a useful institution.
  • These creatures, closely akin to spiders and mites, are survivors.
  • After all, an interview is not akin to a doctoral defense.
  • The resulting paintings project a shimmering density that expresses a profound serenity that is akin to transcendentalism.
  • The child's fear of falling that the ballet emphasizes even seems akin to a grown-up's fear of failing.
  • In terms of emotion, animals are much more akin to us than is generally assumed.
  • Some sage observers see cyberwar as akin to the ancient game of Go.
  • This educational approach is akin to academic fraud.
British Dictionary definitions for akin


adjective (postpositive)
related by blood; of the same kin
(often foll by to) having similar characteristics, properties, etc
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Word Origin and History for akin

1550s, from phrase of kin; see kin.

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