[ ri-zem-buh l ]
/ rɪˈzɛm bəl /

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

to be like or similar to.
Archaic. to liken or compare.

Nearby words

  1. reseda,
  2. reselect,
  3. resell,
  4. resemblance,
  5. resemblant,
  6. resend,
  7. resent,
  8. resentful,
  9. resentment,
  10. reserpine

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

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British Dictionary definitions for resembles


/ (rɪˈzɛmbəl) /


(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 resembles



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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