resemble

verb
re·​sem·​ble | \ ri-ˈzem-bəl How to pronounce resemble (audio) \
resembled; resembling\ ri-​ˈzem-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce resembling (audio) \

Definition of resemble

transitive verb

1 : to be like or similar to he resembles his father
2 archaic : to represent as like

Examples of resemble in a Sentence

He strongly resembles his father in appearance and in temperament. Terrier dogs closely resemble each other.

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Last year, the top model attended with Italian icon Donatella Versace, wearing a custom Versace gown that resembled the stained glass windows of a church for the Catholic-themed gala. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Channels the Ice Queen at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The arrondissements—the sections into which the City of Lights is divided—move out from the center in a widening spiral that resembles the shape of a galaxy. Jay Mcinerney, Vogue, "Why, Oh Why Do I Love Paris? Jay McInerney Counted the Ways in a 1986 Story for Vogue, Republished Here in Solidarity With the French Capital, Where Notre-Dame Burned," 16 Apr. 2019 Size: 3 feet tall and wide USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Boxwood Lookalikes Gem Box Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra 'Gem Box') Here's a holly that resembles a boxwood! Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 In a beautiful bathroom somewhere, SZA resembled royalty in a glinting over-the-top crown paired with a plush velour robe. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams: SZA Is a Queen In Velour, Diplo Dons Crocs, and Serena Williams Wears Valentino," 27 Apr. 2019 The film that Vice most resembled, to me, was Oliver Stone’s Nixon. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Vice doesn’t want to humanize Dick Cheney. So instead, it (maybe) demonizes America.," 21 Dec. 2018 By the second day, my face resembled a balloon made of sandpaper, which was terrifying to face in the mirror, but, I was assured, completely normal. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "What It’s Actually Like to Get Fraxel Laser Treatment," 21 Nov. 2018 The monstrous creatures do resemble horror’s beloved freaks. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Epic would really like you to stop calling the new Fortnite monsters ‘zombies’," 24 Oct. 2018 Meghan also wore her hair up for the occasion in a bun, in a style which resembles her wedding 'do. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived in Sussex Wearing a Green Leather Pencil Skirt," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of resemble

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resemble

Middle English, from Anglo-French resembler, from re- + sembler to be like, seem, from Latin similare to copy, from similis like — more at same

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resemble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of resemble

: to look or be like (someone or something)

resemble

verb
re·​sem·​ble | \ ri-ˈzem-bəl How to pronounce resemble (audio) \
resembled; resembling

Kids Definition of resemble

: to be like or similar to This house resembles mine.

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