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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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  • He had the frame of an athlete; his face, with its luxuriant red-beard, resembled that of a lion.

  • But it resembled some lower-class citizen's family carryall.

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  • In the winter Snow-white lighted the fire, and put the kettle on, after scouring it, so that it resembled gold in brightness.

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  • He resembled Don Cayetano's great men as the mule resembles the horse.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • Von Bleichroden had entered a large hall which resembled no room that he had even seen before.

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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