re·sem·ble | \ ri-ˈzem-bəl \
resembled; resembling\ri-ˈzem-b(ə-)liŋ \

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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Add butter; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Lauren Delgado,, "Celebrate National Pecan Pie Day with a modern take on this classic," 12 July 2018 Before setups like the one dubbed Big Bird, when the launch process resembled a gang of kids trying to will a kite to take off, a puff of wind could derail the whole thing. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Whether this would resemble the eye-catching handshakes Trump gave Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe or French President Emmanuel Macron remains to be seen. NBC News, "Trump is set to meet the queen. Here's what he shouldn't do.," 8 July 2018 Through six innings, Rays starter Nathan Eovaldi held them without a hit, or anything even resembling a hit, with the exception of a fly ball to short left that required a diving catch from Joey Wendle in the third inning. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Woeful Mets Flirt With Being No-Hit, but Settle for a Loss," 8 July 2018 And the story that Bird has devised for them, while considerably more elaborate, resembles the first in general outline. Justin Chang,, "How the dazzling, overstuffed ‘Incredibles 2’ holds up a cracked mirror to present-day reality," 4 July 2018 An upstairs room here has a telling view of Mount Greylock, which, when snow covered in winter, resembles the arching back of a great, white whale. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 Eight of the objects were roughly disc-shaped, while the ninth larger object resembled a crescent. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "70 Years and Counting, the UFO Phenomenon Is as Mysterious As Ever," 2 July 2018 Now, King hopes that Trump realizes the conservative base will recoil at anything resembling amnesty. Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, "Congress' record on immigration is repeated failures," 24 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of resemble

: to look or be like (someone or something)


re·sem·ble | \ ri-ˈzem-bəl \
resembled; resembling

Kids Definition of resemble

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

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