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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Pleasure is of the first, wisdom or knowledge of the third class, while reason or mind is akin to the fourth or highest.

    Philebus Plato
  • But the time had passed when my affections and those of my master were akin.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • We see something in it akin to the trick of the rhetorician, who seeks to hide poverty of thought under glittering phrases.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • Or that his nature, being such as we have delineated, is akin to the highest good?

    The Republic Plato
  • The impulses are akin, and the crime of suicide lies rather in its disregard for the feelings of those whom we leave behind.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
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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