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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With a much better supporting cast on both sides of the ball and having a year of Gruden’s system under his belt, even a brutal six-week road stretch will be no excuse for anything resembling 4-12. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Derek Carr nearly quit football for preacher’s life before rookie season with Raiders," 3 Sep. 2019 On Saturday, the sparks zooming from Thayer's Flying V were timed to take out several octagon video screens resembling UFOs. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Once more, with bombast: Kiss delivers bold farewell to Indianapolis," 1 Sep. 2019 Taggart's second year seems on the way to resembling his first, which is the problem. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football's Week 1 winners and losers, starting with Willie Taggart and Florida State," 31 Aug. 2019 Bruce Rauner for clemency and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a form of protection resembling clemency. Javonte Anderson,, "‘Tears started running down my face,’ deported Army veteran says after Gov. J.B. Pritzker pardons him of felony drug conviction," 31 Aug. 2019 But the character who most resembles a Westerosi power-player isn’t portrayed by any of them! Christian Holub,, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," 31 Aug. 2019 Trump could well tweet out a command that the committee declare that the U.S. economy is wonderful and great, that trade wars are helping growth and that there’s nothing resembling a recession in sight. Allan Sloan, Washington Post, "Why this little known economic committee could — but probably won’t — sway the election," 30 Aug. 2019 Miraculously, a vivid rainbow appears while the crew is filming, providing a comforting image in an always-impressive film that has been more about water’s raw power than anything resembling hope. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Aquarela’ proves how to make an exciting documentary about water," 30 Aug. 2019 Briggo's Coffee Haus is a kiosk resembling a log cabin, Truebird looks like a gentrified Brooklyn street vendor, and Cafe X plays up the entertainment value of preparing cups of joe with a robotic arm surrounded by glass. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "Robot Baristas Serve Cappuccinos With Convenience," 30 Aug. 2019

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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 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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