resemble

verb
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

Occasionally, the look resembled an actual skirt suit. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest Street-Style Trends of Fall 2019," 13 Mar. 2019 Our dataset only includes the continental US, but a Texas city could see its climate look more like a city in Mexico, and a Florida city may resemble an island in the Caribbean. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Watch how the climate could change in these US cities by 2050," 30 Nov. 2018 The new policy resembles one issued under the Reagan administration that spurred a long legal fight and was never implemented. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Trump Administration Curbs Federal Funding for Clinics Providing Abortions," 22 Feb. 2019 The stylophorans' tiny, confusing bodies resembled a hybrid of primitive vertebrates and starfish. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A 150-Year Old Weird Ancient Animal Mystery, Solved," 22 Feb. 2019 When viewed from the front, Ultima Thule still resembles a two-ball snowman. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "NASA’s faraway space snowman has flat, not round, behind," 12 Feb. 2019 The look, which was pulled from the designer's 1995 archive, resembled a pink clam shell, with Cardi as the pearl in the middle. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Cardi B's Necklace Fell Off at the Grammys and She Just Kept On Singing," 11 Feb. 2019 Your shirt should now resemble a long, narrow rectangle. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Fold a Dress Shirt, Because Sometimes You Have To," 11 Feb. 2019 It will likely be resembled in eating behaviors, with higher-income consumers tending to be healthier and lower-income consumers tending to be a bit more indulgent. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Why we’re in a golden age of novelty food items and bizarre flavors," 21 Dec. 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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resemble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of resemble

: to look or be like (someone or something)

resemble

verb
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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