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[uh-lahyk] /əˈlaɪk/
in the same manner or form; similarly:
They treated all customers alike.
to the same degree; equally:
All three were guilty alike.
having resemblance or similarity; having or showing no marked or important difference:
He thinks all politicians are alike.
Origin of alike
before 950; Middle English alyke < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse ālīkr, cognate with Old English onlīc, Old High German analīh; replacing Middle English ilich, Old English gelīc, cognate with Old Saxon gilīk, Old High German gilīh (German gleich), Gothic galeiks, Old Norse (g)līkr; see like1
Related forms
alikeness, noun
half-alike, adjective
unalike, adjective, adverb
3. similar, akin.
1. differently. Unabridged
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  • "I can't understand why you are having them all alike," she complained.

    Phyllis Dorothy Whitehill
  • Who finds not Providence all good and wise, alike in what it gives, and what denies?

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • No two children are alike, and no two children have exactly similar needs.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • No two mines are alike, and he must be ready for all sorts of emergencies.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • She treats us all alike; sings when we ask her to; always ready for a romp.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for alike


adjective (postpositive)
possessing the same or similar characteristics: they all look alike to me
in the same or a similar manner, way, or degree: they walk alike
Word Origin
Old English gelīc; see like1
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Word Origin and History for alike

c.1300, aliche, from Old English gelic and/or onlice "similar," from Proto-Germanic *galikam "associated form" (cf. Old Frisian gelik, German gleich, Gothic galeiks, Old Norse glikr; see like (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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