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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From above, the garden’s stone outline resembles a flower — Flores translates to flowers in English — and includes a row of dark stone evoking the thin blue line of police. Hasiten Willis, ajc, "Memorial garden honors first Latino police officer killed in Atlanta," 5 July 2019 One year, his design resembled the front of a refrigerator packed with photos of Ohio attractions. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 Designed by Melissa Blask, a designer with TDA Architects in Willoughby, the renovation in Willowick resembles something out of a cable TV show on residential makeovers. Steven Litt,, "Lake County Port Authority remodels 1950s bungalow to spur reinvestment in aging postwar subdivisions," 30 June 2019 Do both aesthetics resemble a hazy, warm, recent-past retro summer day somewhere in Europe? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, Week of June 28," 28 June 2019 Alton Strupp, Louisville Courier Journal At first glance, the Faul Family Riverside Farm in Sulphur, Kentucky, resembles any other, with long stretches of grass where cows, chicken and pigs graze. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Saltwater shrimp from a landlocked state? How this Kentucky farm is making it happen," 27 June 2019 The grid resembles one of his silkscreen grids that repeat images in varied colors. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Dazzling new views of the Whirlpool galaxy captured by NASA," 27 June 2019 To the average recreational golfer, the books might resemble something like hieroglyphics. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Why one caddie holds secret key to success on the PGA Tour," 26 June 2019 By Alex Horton | Washington Post From the air, the massive crater resembles a pink virus floating against a pool of green. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Massive blast leaves crater in German barley field," 25 June 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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to form ideas or theories about something

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