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 Inside your hard drive are a pair of rotating discs that sort of resemble a CD. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How To Wipe a Computer of All Your Personal Data," 6 Nov. 2019 The Tool mystique rises from Carey’s polymetric beats and Chancellor’s repetitive figures that resemble a choked-off signal from some far-off space station. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Ever-intense rock band Tool reaches peak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse," 3 Nov. 2019 Using their new method, the researchers printed an assortment of complex shapes—including tornadoesque whirls, single and double helices (above), branched treelike shapes, and even one that resembles a goldfish. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, "Liquid-in-liquid printing method could put 3D-printed organs in reach," 1 Nov. 2019 When arriving at the home, a walkway leads the Murrays’ guests through an idyllic desertscape scene accented by a boulder and rebar wall that resembles the one in the backyard and boasts two large fountain bowls. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Zen area and cozy nooks bring indoor living outside in Gilbert home. Take a peek," 31 Oct. 2019 As for the image that resembles a menacing pumpkin head, fit only for a character from Sleepy Hollow, it was originally taken in 2014 by the Solar Dynamics Observatory and re-shared on Twitter Monday. Doha Madani, NBC News, "NASA shares spooky space photos just in time for Halloween," 29 Oct. 2019 The glory of the occasion gets to him, and all in watching are blessed with a twitch of Butt's right lip that resembles what would appear to be a smile., "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2015," 28 Oct. 2019 The chicks hatch about one month later — small and fluffy with a gray pattern that resembles leopard print. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "Sea gulls love In-N-Out. But their diet may be changing their Channel Islands home," 22 Oct. 2019 Some of these codices include a glyph that resembles a propeller-like object which has long been understood to represent movement. National Geographic, "Ancient Aztec records reveal hidden earthquake risk," 11 Oct. 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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The first known use of resemble was in the 14th century

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15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Resemble.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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