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alike

[uh-lahyk] /əˈlaɪk/
adverb
1.
in the same manner or form; similarly:
They treated all customers alike.
2.
to the same degree; equally:
All three were guilty alike.
adjective
3.
having resemblance or similarity; having or showing no marked or important difference:
He thinks all politicians are alike.
Origin of alike
950
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
Synonyms
3. similar, akin.
Antonyms
1. differently.
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  • "I can't understand why you are having them all alike," she complained.

    Phyllis Dorothy Whitehill
  • The Universal Father could surely not do otherwise than bless all alike.

  • No two children are alike, and no two children have exactly similar needs.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • In winter alike ordinary Mass and these celebrations were stopped by the snow.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • 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

alike

/əˈlaɪk/
adjective (postpositive)
1.
possessing the same or similar characteristics: they all look alike to me
adverb
2.
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
adj.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for alike

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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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