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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The arbitrator will preside over a hearing that will in some ways resemble a trial but will be conducted in private office, rather than a courtroom, and will feature less formal procedures than are typically required in a trial. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 The boys’ sleeping tents had five bunks on a side and 20 to a tent and resembled a barracks. Cal Perry, NBC News, "Child separations 'should have never happened,' says emergency manager at Tornillo tent facility," 25 June 2018 Perhaps the officials were kind; and perhaps the detention center resembles a cheerful boarding school. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Jacket Heard Round the World," 22 June 2018 This kooky home on the island of Corsica in France resembles an old submarine or antique diving helmet, given its porthole windows and protrusions. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Kooky ’70s home on French island yours for $1.3M," 21 June 2018 The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed on Tuesday that giant hogweed, a toxic weed that can grow up to 15 feet tall and resembles the less dangerous cow parsnip, was identified at a private home in Clarke County. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Giant Plant That Can Cause Blindness Was Spotted for the First Time in a New State," 20 June 2018 Add the butter and mix until the mixture is crumbly and resembles wet sand. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Peach Crostata with Almond Cream," 30 May 2018 But for struggling actors, resembling someone famous can be distracting and cost them work. Jason Ward, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Peek Inside the Private Lives of L.A.’s Celebrity Look-Alikes," 16 May 2018 The luncheon trade can be so brisk the place resembles the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Jacques Kelly,, "George Hummel, deli owner, musician and pool player, dies," 3 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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to express warning or disapproval

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