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.

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On the top of the page is a script in black ink resembling the orderly stride of a marching band. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 Carson has shared some throwbacks of himself as a child on Instagram, and these pictures further prove how much his nine-year-old resembles him. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Host Carson Daly's Son Looks Exactly Like Him," 23 Dec. 2018 Parents in Concord, N.C. have been warned that fireworks resembling My Little Pony and Pete’s Dragon toys—and project flames from their mouths and horns—are being sold in area stores prior to the Fourth of July holiday. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Fireworks Resembling 'My Little Pony' Toys Are Being Sold in North Carolina," 3 July 2018 In the wake of Green’s injury, all of Poynter’s players are now wearing soft-shell helmets that sort of resemble the pre-1950s helmets that Sammy Baugh or Red Grange wore. Mark Wright, star-telegram, "Arlington Lamar used tragic moment as inspiration to keep 7-on-7 streak alive," 23 June 2018 However, this staunch denial has done nothing to quell speculation, which has gone well beyond gossip and now resembles more of a determination for the long-term couple to divorce. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Why Are We So Obsessed With Breaking Up The Last Great A-List Couple?," 15 June 2018 Eventually, something resembling a near consensus emerged: Duke Ellis was a bit faster than Fields, but no one was faster than David Hamilton. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Hamilton’s speed could be a boon for Longhorns at CWS," 15 June 2018 Researchers have found that Americans imagine a God that resembles themselves—a visage that can vary dramatically depending on one’s race and politics. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "What does God look like? Look in the mirror," 12 June 2018 The pop-up will sit right in the middle of the food hall and resemble VH’s renowned decor, from the tall booths to candlelight, so don something dapper and get ready for a strong drink. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 31 May 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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