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

Vertical farming refers to produce that's grown indoors, often in stacks that resemble a bookcase. Brittany Gibson, CNN, "This online grocer is backing Europe's biggest vertical farm," 10 June 2019 Officers found the car abandoned, but then found the suspect in a Ford Taurus with markings that resembled a police vehicle. Lauren Hernández,, "The Scanner: A fake cop busted by real cops, and a real cop busted by a fake girl," 10 June 2019 As marsupials, tree kangaroos give birth to babies the size of lima beans, that resemble partially developed fetuses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Roos, geese, and a blue-tongued lizard: Behind the scenes at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 8 June 2019 Everyone was staring at the ring — or at least landscaping that resembled a wrestling ring — which surrounded the statue with bricks displaying names of donors. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bronze Crusher statue revealed at South Milwaukee's Crusherfest; daughter says it's 'the best possible image' of him," 8 June 2019 The reminder highlights the agency’s ongoing effort to protect consumers who may not realize that online celebrities are paid to tout products in ways that don’t resemble a traditional advertisement. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Regulators warn e-cigarette companies over influencer posts that failed to disclose nicotine risk," 8 June 2019 One of my favorite Tigerman buildings, his Self Park garage at 60 E. Lake St. of 1986, is a cheeky realization of that philosophy, with a facade that resembles a Rolls-Royce grille and awnings printed to look like tire treads. Blair Kamin,, "Tigerman's death should serve as a wake-up call: Protect the architecture of the recent past," 7 June 2019 Earlier this week, rival Apple announced catch-up features for its own Apple Maps products, including a Look Around feature that resembles Google Maps' Street View. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "Earthquake, flood, hurricane: Google Maps adds tools to help you navigate a crisis," 6 June 2019 Meanwhile, a balloon-like creature that resembled a jellyfish washed up on a separate North Carolina beach on Sunday. Fox News, "‘Weird’ worm-like object found on North Carolina shore has experts puzzled," 5 June 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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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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