[ 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.

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


re·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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for resembling

/ (rɪˈzɛmbəl) /


(tr) to possess some similarity to; be like

Derived forms of resemble

resembler, noun

Word Origin for resemble

C14: from Old French resembler, from re- + sembler to look like, from Latin similis like
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