I. adjective — [ predic.] 1. (of two or more people or things) similar to each other • the brothers were very much alike
• the houses all looked alike.
II. adverb 1. in the same or a similar way • the girls dressed alike in black trousers and jackets.
2. used to show that something applies equally to a number of specified subjects • he talked in a friendly manner to staff and patients alike.
– origin Old English gelīc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gelijk and German gleich, reinforced in Middle English by Old Norse álíkr (adjective) and álíka (adverb).