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[ri-zem-buh l]
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verb (used with object), re·sem·bled, re·sem·bling.
  1. to be like or similar to.
  2. Archaic. to liken or compare.
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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
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parallel, feature, simulate, mirror, relate, approximate, echo, favor, duplicate, double, follow, coincide, match

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British Dictionary definitions for resembles


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