Definition of resemble in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈzɛmb(ə)l/


[with object]
Have a similar appearance to or qualities in common with (someone or something); look or seem like: some people resemble their dogs they resembled each other closely
More example sentences
  • The theory of dogs resembling their owners was put to the test at a fun dog show recently.
  • Figures resembling servants often appear along with the flight crews.
  • The beets are cut up mechanically into slices in machines resembling giant food processors.
look like, be similar to, be like, bear a resemblance to, remind one of, put one in mind of, take after, favour, have a look of, make one think of;
approximate to, smack of, have (all) the hallmarks of, correspond to, be not dissimilar to, be not unlike;
echo, mirror, duplicate, parallel;
Zoology & Botany  mimic
archaic bear semblance to



noun ( rare)
Example sentences
  • This emerged as a resembler of the previous legal arrangements.
  • Possibly there may come some resembler of Masih who may be buried near the mausoleum of the Prophet.
  • I saw the French king (Louis XIV) with greater pleasure as the friend and resembler of my own royal patron.


Middle English: from Old French resembler, based on Latin similare (from similis 'like').

  • similar from late 16th century:

    This was also originally a term in anatomy meaning ‘homogeneous’. It comes from Latin similis ‘like’. The literary device simile for drawing comparisons (Late Middle English) is from the same source; as are simulate (mid 17th century), resemble (Middle English), and semblance (Middle English).

Words that rhyme with resemble

assemble, dissemble, Kemble, tremble

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: re|sem¦ble

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