V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

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.

Usage Examples:

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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