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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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  • They sound alike, look alike and have similar tastes in music.
  • Previous researchers had provided lists of similar-sounding and look-alike words, but their methods were unscientific.
  • Students and professors alike must be proactive in talking with one another and in listening to one another.
  • Cynics note that the muddled customs regime in the breakaway region is lucrative for outsiders and insiders alike.
  • In all that snow, however, scientists believe the chance that any two flakes are exactly alike is virtually zero.
  • Now the results of a new study indicate that these stresses can have serious consequences for doctors and patients alike.
  • But critics and boosters alike say unmanned aircraft will increasingly be used for peacetime work.
  • Wi-Fi is the great savior of interior decorators, professionals, and amateur alike.
  • Water-based activities from sailing to fishing are popular with visitors and locals alike.
  • Muscle cramping is a common problem encountered by athletes and nonathletes alike.
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.)).

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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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