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[ri-zem-buh l] /rɪˈzɛm bəl/
verb (used with object), resembled, resembling.
to be like or similar to.
Archaic. to liken or compare.
Origin of resemble
1300-50; Middle English resemblen < Middle French resembler, Old French, equivalent to re- re- + sembler to seem, be like < Latin similāre, derivative of similis like; see similar
Related forms
resemblingly, adverb
preresemble, verb, preresembled, preresembling.
unresembling, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resemble
  • It is said that by some strange quirk of biology, dog owners and their pets come to resemble each other.
  • We're not here to help our students make their minds resemble their laptops, fast and feverish.
  • Both have flippers that resemble paddles, which make them powerful and graceful swimmers.
  • Several plants in these woods resemble ginseng,so our task is not easy.
  • Though at first glance it may resemble other commuter vehicles, a few key features set it apart.
  • Chronic gout can often resemble rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The creep of regulation is one reason why hedge funds increasingly resemble more traditional investment managers.
  • It sports a beautiful flower believed to resemble the avian bird of paradise in flight.
  • In many ways, separation appears to resemble drug withdrawal.
  • So named because its finely divided leaves resemble a bird's foot.
British Dictionary definitions for resemble


(transitive) to possess some similarity to; be like
Derived Forms
resembler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resembler, from re- + sembler to look like, from Latin similis like
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Word Origin and History for resemble

mid-14c., from Old French resembler "belike" (12c., Modern French ressemble), from re-, intensive prefix, + sembler "to appear, to seem, be like," from Latin simulare "to copy" (see similar (adj.)). Related: Resembled; resembling.

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