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Having close resemblance; similar: The twins are as alike as two peas in a pod. Friends are generally alike in background and tastes.
In the same manner or to the same degree: They dress and walk alike.

[Middle English alich (influenced by Old Norse ālīkr), blend of ilich (from Old English gelīc) and anlich (from Old English onlīc); see līk- in Indo-European roots.]

a·like′ness n.


the state or quality of being similar
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alikeness - similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or thingsalikeness - similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things; "man created God in his own likeness"
similarity - the quality of being similar
comparability, compare, comparison, equivalence - qualities that are comparable; "no comparison between the two books"; "beyond compare"
mirror image, reflection, reflexion - a likeness in which left and right are reversed
naturalness - the likeness of a representation to the thing represented; "engineers strove to increase the naturalness of recorded music"
resemblance - similarity in appearance or external or superficial details
spitting image - a perfect likeness or counterpart


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By co-employing the proprietary Visual Intelligence Technology, a team of engineers are able to pull thousands of matching styles and brands from across the internet, creating a gallery for the consumer to "drag," "drop" and "buy" their favorite look-alike items based on brand, alikeness and price.
Walter Benjamin addressed this issue in his essay "The Task of the Translator" when he wrote: "If the kinship of languages manifests itself in translations, this is not accomplished through a vague alikeness between adaptation and original.
23 September 2010 - Switzerland's largest retailer Migros has reached an agreement with Unilever to change the name of its "Jane & Mary's" ice cream brand settling a controversy about the alikeness of the names of "Jane & Mary's" and Unilever's best seller "Ben & Jerry's".