V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (adj.) 1. allied by blood--having a common ancestor or parentage; 2. in language, having the same root or origin; (n.) words that have the same root or languages that are genetically related
Synonyms: (adj.) kindred, affiliated, akin, related, corresponding, (n.) relative, kin
Antonyms: (adj.) disunited, independent, unconnected
Tips: An example of cognate languages are French and Spanish. They are descended from the same origins. Cognate can also serve as a noun to refer to a language or word that is related to another.
False cognates are words that may seem to be related, but are not. (related words) noun
There are so many similarities in the cognate languages Italian and Spanish, that learning one language makes taking on the second relatively easy. (kindred, related) adjective
The young man was a cognate to the famous actor. (relative) noun
Words that seem like they are cognates, but are actually unrelated, can be confusing for those learning a new language. (akin, related) noun
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