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 The exhibit begins with a red-carpet walk through a white-columned facade intended to resemble the North Portico of the White House. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 The unique spherical feature, which is meant to resemble a black hole, acts as an observatory of sorts and provides guests with uninterrupted 360-degree views. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 May 2022 Beijing is starting to resemble other Chinese cities grappling with the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Beijing, China's sprawling capital, is starting to resemble other Chinese cities grappling with the latest wave of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Ken Moritsugu, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 To honor the essence of a French Easter dinner, Polonsky also made oeufs mimosa — French deviled eggs whose yolks are styled to resemble the golden blooms of a mimosa tree — garnished with arugula flowers. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Moscow’s plans for a quick occupation have collapsed, to be replaced by a grinding war of attrition that is beginning to resemble a quagmire. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The spiral design features a walkable ramp wrapping around the building with trees and greenery planted to resemble a mountain hike. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 She’s living in L.A., celebrating a year of sobriety and has a dreamy new boyfriend (Santiago Cabrera), before witnessing a murder involving a woman who, from a distance, seems to uncannily resemble her. Brian Lowry, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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re·​sem·​ble | \ ri-ˈzem-bəl How to pronounce resemble (audio) \
resembled; resembling

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: to be like or similar to This house resembles mine.


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