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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 resembled
  • The sale resembled events that have taken place or have been blocked at other campuses across the country.
  • Fourteen coprolites at the caves resembled human coprolites based on size, shape and other physical features.
  • Although these ancient beings were primitive, they clearly resembled modern humans.
  • They resembled large, two-handled teapots, but the labels identified them as posset pots.
  • The rest of the auditorium resembled a group of graduate students who happened to be in excellent physical shape.
  • Ever since, modern art has resembled a doomsday cult on the day after the deadline for the end of the world.
  • The building had curved, roughly plastered concrete walls and a swelling roof that resembled a nun's wimple.
  • Perhaps you thought some of the scenes-grainy messes of inscrutable action-resembled a music video.
  • But the messenger resembled a friendly alien possessed of uncanny intuitive gifts that seemed normal only to him.
  • He adopted it as a profession, and resembled the writers of a later age more nearly than any of his contemporaries.
British Dictionary definitions for resembled


(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 resembled



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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