re·​sem·​ble | \ ri-ˈzem-bəl How to pronounce resemble (audio) \
resembled; resembling\ ri-​ˈzem-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce resemble (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 Literary fiction seemed to be an especially fertile place to find characters who resemble Brady. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Madonna? Harry Potter? Churchill? Tom Brady May Be Beyond Compare," 3 Feb. 2021 Zoox's vehicle is a departure from most self-driving vehicles, which resemble the cars of today. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Here's the robotaxi Amazon wants you to ride around in," 14 Dec. 2020 Whippets, which resemble mini-greyhounds, originated in Victorian England, bred by coal miners who liked dog racing but didn’t have the space or money to keep bigger dogs. Liz Langley, Animals, "Meet Phelan the rescue pup—now America’s fastest dog," 11 Dec. 2020 The stainless steel frame blends into the headband and canopy, which resemble a darker blue that’s similar to the iPhone 12. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Apple’s AirPods Max are impressive, but we’re not sold on the price…yet," 10 Dec. 2020 The name comes from the mushroom’s ivory color and shell-like appearance, which resemble an oyster. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "The 7 Safest Mushrooms to Forage and Eat," 7 Dec. 2020 The little libraries are book sharing boxes which resemble miniature homes, often containing a variety of books on cooking, self-improvement, children’s tales, science fiction and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Little libraries across San Diego neighborhoods provide books, cheer during pandemic," 6 Dec. 2020 The team chose three of the four factors scientists have used for more than 10 years to turn adult cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, which resemble the cells of an early embryo. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Researchers restore lost sight in mice, offering clues to reversing aging," 2 Dec. 2020 Manatees are also eating large quantities of plastic balloons and ribbons, which can resemble grasses or be caught in them. Tristan Baurick,, "Gulf's plastic trash killing large numbers of endangered sea turtles, manatees, study finds," 19 Nov. 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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20 Feb 2021

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“Resemble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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