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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The phone resembles a smaller Pixel 3, but there appear to be a lot of changes to bring the price down. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The mid-range Google Pixel appears in pictures—complete with headphone jack," 16 Nov. 2018 The state’s language closely resembles a contested passage that remains in the US Constitution 13th Amendment, which outlawed chattel slavery, but allowed those convicted of crimes to be forced into labor. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Colorado passes Amendment A, voting to officially abolish prison slavery," 7 Nov. 2018 The statue resembles one created by the Satanic Temple and the most well-known drawing of Baphomet, which was created in 1856 by occultist Eliphas Levi, according to the BBC. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "The Satanic Temple Plans to Sue Netflix for Its Depiction of Baphomet in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"," 30 Oct. 2018 At first glance, Facebook Dating closely resembles competitor Hinge. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s problems in Europe are piling up," 21 Sep. 2018 This multifaceted cocktail, human growth-factor proponents assert, most closely resembles the mix of compounds involved in the body’s own repair process that’s impossible to copy in a lab. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018 Today, the two-time All-Star guard more closely resembles Enron and Lehman Brothers. Ben Golliver,, "Grades: Isaiah Thomas Can Rejuvenate Career in Nuggets' Low-Risk Gamble," 13 July 2018 The Spanish cocktail barely resembles the highball from the American corner bar, often made from cheap gin topped with syrupy tonic from the soda gun. Lisa Futterman,, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 The Hyde-Smith ad resembles the spots that Republicans ran to stop Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), another Cruz endorser, in his 2017 primary against then-Sen. David Weigel, Washington Post, "In GOP primaries, Trump loyalty is a weapon against conservative insurgents," 10 July 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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