Definition of resemble in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Have qualities or features, especially those of appearance, in common with (someone or something); look or seem like.

    ‘some people resemble their dogs’
    • ‘they seemed to resemble each other closely’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many present their items for sale in fold-up wooden boxes, resembling a briefcase.’
    • ‘At the time her family was told she might not survive after suffering a massive blood clot on her brain, resembling a stroke.’
    • ‘In a waiting room resembling an interrogation room, we made an official report.’
    • ‘Where homes once stood, there were scenes resembling an earthquake zone.’
    • ‘There is nothing resembling a face or body in this structure - it is silent and still.’
    • ‘A pensioner told how her garden had been left resembling a bomb site after a sewage pipe exploded.’
    • ‘Sift the flour, cinnamon and sugar into a bowl and rub the butter in until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.’
    • ‘The cuckoo, which resembles a sparrowhawk or a kestrel in flight, can be difficult to identify.’
    • ‘He resembles the description of a man seen getting out of the victim's car.’
    • ‘Initially, choosing a mentor and setting goals closely resembles what it feels like to be congruent.’
    • ‘In order to make a creature that even vaguely resembles the comic book version, special effects are obviously necessary.’
    • ‘Place nuts in a food processor and blend until mixture resembles very fine breadcrumbs.’
    • ‘Vaguely resembling baseball, the game of cricket dates back to sixteenth century England.’
    • ‘In fact, they resemble patterns typically not seen until late fall or early winter.’
    • ‘From above, the shapes resembled pyramids, roads and buildings, they said.’
    • ‘Larger bottles were made too, whose shape resembled an inflated balloon or bladder.’
    • ‘Most of these lacy sculptures resemble architectural models.’
    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
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/rəˈzemb(ə)l/ /rəˈzɛmb(ə)l/


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