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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 resembling
  • To keep stakes close at hand, he devised containers resembling the quivers that hold arrows.
  • In winter, tubers send up flowers resembling birds in flight.
  • Something resembling a pillow seems to bulge out of another casket.
  • Those resembling a prototypical sound in the home language are taken in and interpreted as the home sound.
  • Few employees in nonacademic settings have anything resembling tenure, and are thus constantly being evaluated.
  • Other shapes and colours fill the void and likely something resembling the red diamonds will eventually come around.
  • We won't get to a system more closely resembling meritocracy by picking on one group that sometimes gets benefits, though.
  • About the only time something resembling tenderness enters his life is when he escapes into his fantasies.
  • It collected microscopic particles with a gel-covered device resembling a tennis-racket sized fly-swat.
  • Beneath the surface slabs of the largest megalithic structure was a sculptured rock resembling a standing cow.
British Dictionary definitions for resembling


(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 resembling



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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