re·​sem·​ble | \ ri-ˈzem-bəl How to pronounce resemble (audio) \
resembled; resembling\ ri-​ˈzem-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce resemble (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.
Recent Examples on the Web What Arad remembered about 9/11 and the frightening days that followed didn’t resemble Libeskind’s idea two years later when the competition was announced. USA Today, 2 Sep. 2021 Videos and images of the traffic in Louisiana do not resemble the Los Angeles photo being shared on social media. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 By comparison, the undertaking in Kabul does not exactly resemble the Berlin airlift, in which food was flown into West Berlin, rather than people being flown out. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 And their experience in Healdsburg will not resemble the typical path to entering the wine industry. Deepa Fernandes, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2021 Hugo’s posture does not resemble the classic cartoon bird dog that points a paw toward a bird. Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2021 Certainly, this ceremony did not resemble the customary Olympic party, but maybe officials needed to try something different. Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 But the team that lost Sunday didn’t resemble the team that has showed up the rest of the season. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 19 July 2021 The most surprising feature of the new rendition is the multi-part cockpit window, which does not resemble that of any previous aircraft, and which would not seem to give the pilot much of a view. David Hambling, Forbes, 7 July 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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