resemble

play
verb re·sem·ble \ ri-ˈzem-bəl \

Definition of resemble

resembled; resembling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
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

  1. He strongly resembles his father in appearance and in temperament.

  2. Terrier dogs closely resemble each other.

Recent Examples of resemble from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'resemble.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of 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


RESEMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

resemble

play
verb

Definition of resemble for English Language Learners

  • : to look or be like (someone or something)


RESEMBLE Defined for Kids

resemble

play
verb re·sem·ble \ ri-ˈzem-bəl \

Definition of resemble for Students

resembled; resembling
:to be like or similar to
  • This house resembles mine.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up resemble? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to curse or denounce

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!