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.

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For instance, the Full Strawberry Moon, which comes later in the year, does not, in fact, resemble a strawberry. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "A Pink Moon Is Coming This Spring: Here's Everything You Need to Know," 14 Apr. 2019 Since the hit show ended in 2011, the 26-year-old has gone through her fair share of hair transformations, none of which have resembled the signature style her former character rocked — until now, that is. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Miley Cyrus Reveals New Blonde Hair and Bangs Reminiscent of Her Hannah Montana Days," 29 Mar. 2019 The designs are simple and sleek, vaguely resembling an iPad, and the models vary in terms of size and light levels. Lynn Kim, House Beautiful, "This Little Light Could Make You Feel Happier," 26 Mar. 2019 The wall that’s now covered by a consistent, stationary background of plants, loosely resembling the ivy at Wrigley Field in Chicago, was initially painted with semi-gloss paint that proved to be too reflective. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Spruced up: Twins try juniper plants for CF backdrop," 25 Mar. 2019 The new initiative comes after the brand received backlash over a balaclava sweater resembling blackface last month. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gucci Announces Changemakers Program to Improve Diversity and Inclusion," 18 Mar. 2019 One issue is that no American president has ever had anything close to resembling Trump’s international business ties. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the government shutdown is good legal news for Trump," 27 Dec. 2018 Deuterium-rich stars would be larger, brighter, and redder than equivalent stars in our universe, resembling thered giant stars of our cosmos. Charles Q. Choi, Space.com, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018 Guizhou’s allure is bound up in these scenes that seem anachronistic, resembling a Chinese ink painting or something out of The Good Earth. Zandie Brockett, Condé Nast Traveler, "China's Southern Guizhou Region Is Like a Land Lost in Time," 24 Aug. 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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