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resemble

[ri-zem-buh l] /rɪˈzɛm bəl/
verb (used with object), resembled, resembling.
1.
to be like or similar to.
2.
Archaic. to liken or compare.
Origin of resemble
1300-1350
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
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  • In this he resembled a dog who barks when a stranger approaches.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • As they approached it, the dull hue that lay upon it resembled that of the leaden sky.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Her purity, her goodness, all that which resembled her in Nature, returned to her and saved her.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • With his spotless hue, he resembled a snow drift, wafted along by the wind.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He listened in a stillness of dread which resembled the immobility of profound attention.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for resembled

resemble

/rɪˈzɛmbəl/
verb
1.
(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

resemble

v.

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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