[ri-zem-buh l]

verb (used with object), re·sem·bled, re·sem·bling.

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 formsre·sem·bling·ly, adverbpre·re·sem·ble, verb, pre·re·sem·bled, pre·re·sem·bling.un·re·sem·bling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resembled

Contemporary Examples of resembled

Historical Examples of resembled

  • 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.


    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



(tr) to possess some similarity to; be like
Derived Formsresembler, noun

Word Origin for resemble

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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