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 The Tesla share price performance in recent weeks is beginning to resemble a SpaceX rocket launch diagram. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets roar back—too soon to call this the ‘coronavirus comeback’?," 5 Feb. 2020 Chinese cities have come to resemble ghost towns after authorities suspended public transportation throughout Wuhan and surrounding Hubei, a province of nearly 60 million people where the pneumonia-like virus is thought to have originated. WSJ, "Chinese Supermarkets Fined, Warned Against Price Gouging Amid Outbreak," 4 Feb. 2020 The duet also included children covering the field in structures that appeared to resemble cages, Vanity Fair reported. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez's Daughter Stole the Super Bowl 2020 Halftime Show With a Powerful, Political Duet," 3 Feb. 2020 Blizzard's official answer during BlizzCon 2019 was to better resemble the original game. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "WarCraft III Reforged: Not the flavor of chaos we were hoping for," 31 Jan. 2020 Each piece in the show is accompanied by signage that is designed to resemble a page from a fashion magazine. Deborah Martin,, "“Fashion Nirvana” at McNay Art Museum spotlights fashion and video art from the ’90s.," 29 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, the Northeastern robber barons who owned the mills along the river built majestic music halls to resemble those in New York and Boston. Rashad Shabazz, The Conversation, "How Minneapolis made Prince," 27 Jan. 2020 The hotel was designed to resemble an ocean liner: plowing white curves, a grand wraparound balcony, a rooftop deck equipped with a tennis court. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Privacy Policy," 27 Jan. 2020 So much of Trek since 2009 strains to resemble the dumbest version of cool. Darren Franich,, "Can Star Trek: Picard recover from its bafflingly bad premiere?," 23 Jan. 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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8 Feb 2020

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“Resemble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce resemble (audio)

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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