unlike - definition and synonyms

 
 
adjective, preposition  /ʌnˈlaɪk/
Unlike can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun): Her last book is unlike anything else she has written.
as an adjective: The two boys are as unlike as any two brothers could be.
  1. 1
    different from someone or something else

    The show was unlike anything we’d ever seen before.

    1. a.
      used for introducing a sentence or phrase

      Unlike most actors, Harris is a rather shy man.

      The festival has been a great success, unlike last year when it rained non-stop.

  2. 2
    not typical of a particular person or thing

    It’s so unlike Mary to go off somewhere without telling someone.