akin

If two things are akin, then they're similar or related. A cupcake is akin to a cake and relatives are akin to each other.

If you know the word kin — a relative — then you have a clue to the meaning of akin. People who are related are akin, but the word goes beyond blood relations. Football is akin to the sport of rugby; baseball is akin to the British sport cricket. Mice are akin to rats, and rats are akin to gerbils, hamsters, and squirrels. Things that are akin are alike.

DEFINITIONS OF: akin

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adj related by blood

Synonyms:
blood-related, cognate, consanguine, consanguineal, consanguineous, kin
related
connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage

adj similar in quality or character

“a feeling akin to terror”
Synonyms:
kindred
similar
marked by correspondence or resemblance
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