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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At some large companies such as Wells Fargo, threat-intelligence work falls to in-house teams that resemble lightweight versions of spy agencies. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "To Fight This Generation of Hackers, Companies Take a Cue from Spies," 8 Nov. 2018 In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has spent the past eight years setting up a system that resembles a democracy but isn’t actually one. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "We aren’t alarmed enough about Jeff Sessions’s firing," 8 Nov. 2018 Archaeologists have found pictorial designs on ancient ceramic vessels from Ecuador and northern Peru that strongly resemble cacao pods. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chocolate has an even earlier origin than we thought, new study finds," 29 Oct. 2018 Epic Games Fortnite’s Halloween festival, adorably named Fortnitemare, kicked off earlier today, and the most notable addition was a horde of monstrous-looking ghouls that resembled zombies. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Epic would really like you to stop calling the new Fortnite monsters ‘zombies’," 24 Oct. 2018 An asteroid that, in certain light conditions, resembles a human skull, will fly past Earth just after Halloween. James Rogers, Fox News, "Eerie skull-shaped asteroid will zoom past Earth just after Halloween," 28 Sep. 2018 On Amazon, items that resemble the Eames line can go for much less, at around $60. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "How To Spot A Genuine Eames Chair," 25 Sep. 2018 The leather and woodwork is combined with bronze sheeting in a way that clearly resembles the leg armor of Roman soldiers. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Man With a Knife for an Arm," 14 Aug. 2018 The arbitrator will preside over a hearing that will in some ways resemble a trial but will be conducted in private office, rather than a courtroom, and will feature less formal procedures than are typically required in a trial. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 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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