Alike | Definition, Meaning & Examples
Alike is an adjective meaning ‘similar’ and an adverb meaning ‘in a similar way’. The meaning of the word can vary in degree depending on the context – from saying two things are exactly the same to saying that they merely have something in common.
Lookalike is a noun referring to a person or thing that looks like someone or something else. It can also be used as an adjective when it occurs before a noun. The plural noun is lookalikes. In US English, it’s more commonly written with a hyphen: look-alike, look-alikes.
Note that only the noun is written as one word; the words should not be joined when using ‘look alike’ as a verb: ‘They’re brothers, but they don’t look alike.’
‘Great minds think alike’
Great minds think alike is a humorous expression used to acknowledge that two or more people share the same opinion or have reached the same conclusion at the same time. It’s typically used by one of the like-minded people to mean ‘we are very clever’.
‘Share and share alike’
Share and share alike is an idiom used to emphasise that each member of a group should receive an equal share of something. It’s often used in a legal context, such as in a will, to indicate that each individual should receive the same amount.
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Frequently asked questions
- What is a synonym for ‘alike’?
There are numerous synonyms and near-synonyms for the two meanings of alike.
Similar (adjective) Similarly (adverb) Identical Correspondingly Indistinguishable Identically Interchangeable Likewise Matching The same The same Uniformly Undifferentiated Uniform
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