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.
Recent Examples on the Web Officers released tear gas to disperse the crowd, and the intersection soon came to resemble a war zone. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville public safety chief: 'I made mistakes' during city's response to protests," 17 Sep. 2020 The park’s two Iguanodon, a Cretaceous herbivore, resemble huge iguanas with nubs on their snouts—which scientists now understand were spikes on their thumbs. National Geographic, "DINOSAURS," 15 Sep. 2020 The gummies resemble pâte de fruits, the chewy French candy, and the products boast flavors such as Meyer lemon, kumquat, blood orange and huckleberry. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "Martha Stewart launches CBD line in crowded market," 10 Sep. 2020 Installed as part of an 1867 redesign, the four sculptures hold up lanterns and wear ornate decorations, including gold anklets that resemble shackles. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dublin Hotel Controversially Removes Four Statues of African Women," 3 Sep. 2020 Assemble pancakes to resemble a beaver; use syrup, chocolate, bananas, blueberries, and cheese to decorate face and tail. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Beaver Pancakes," 27 Aug. 2020 Putrino thinks that many long-haulers have symptoms that resemble dysautonomia. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Long-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19," 19 Aug. 2020 But the bar, built to resemble the one on the 1980s sitcom, depended heavily on tourist traffic that collapsed during the pandemic. Ben Casselman, Star Tribune, "Small-business failures loom as federal aid dries up," 6 Sep. 2020 Officers released tear gas, and the intersection soon came to resemble a war zone., "100 days of protests: Looking back at moments that have shaped the Breonna Taylor movement," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of resemble was in the 14th century

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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resemble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce resemble (audio)

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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