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 The tents resemble a teardrop and actually were made as an art installation. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Sleep in a Teardrop-shaped Tent Hanging in a Tree in Belgium," 30 July 2020 As of now, the Summerfest 2021 schedule is shaping up to resemble the format that was proposed when the festival was first moved to September this year, spanning Thursdays through Saturdays over three weeks. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "OK, we know 8 Summerfest 2020 headliners are confirmed for next year. Now, when will the 2021 festival be?," 29 July 2020 At first glance, the tools resemble what a dentist might use, but then in that case, there are local anesthetics. Rachel King, Fortune, "Spa appointments balance safety precautions and soothing therapy as coronavirus lockdowns lift," 11 July 2020 Each huggie features eye-catching cubic zirconia, which resemble higher-end stones like diamonds, and shoppers can choose from three finishes: yellow gold, white gold (resembling silver), and rose gold. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, "Amazon’s Best-Selling Huggie Earrings Have Earned 4,200 Perfect Reviews — and They Cost Just $14," 9 July 2020 Fire camps, which can at times resemble small cities, will look more like small suburbs, with crews spread out over larger areas to allow for space between tents. oregonlive, "As wildfire season approaches, firefighters contend with conditions and coronavirus," 2 July 2020 Tens of thousands of the animals, which resemble scaly anteaters, are killed annually for their meat—considered a luxury food in China and Vietnam—as well as their scales, curved disks of keratin, the same substance that's in human fingernails. Dina Fine Maron, National Geographic, "Pangolins receive surprising lifeline with new protections in China," 9 June 2020 The Honda City certainly proves that minicars need not be thought of as a retrograde step in automotive evolution, no matter how much some of them might resemble the lower forms of animal life. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Honda City Makes a Case for Minicars in America," 9 July 2020 And since the new update is centered around memories, Google also updated its app icon to resemble a pinwheel — clearly inspired by childhood, youth, and nostalgia. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Google Redesigned Its Photo App so It’s Easier Than Ever to Find Your Favorite Memories," 9 July 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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6 Aug 2020

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“Resemble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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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