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From Anglo-Norman, Old French resembler, from re- + sembler (to seem), synchronically analyzable as re- +‎ semble.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈzɛmb(ə)l/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧sem‧ble


resemble (third-person singular simple present resembles, present participle resembling, simple past and past participle resembled)

  1. (transitive) To be like or similar to (something); to represent as similar.
    • c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene i]:
      We will resemble you in that.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      He turned back to the scene before him and the enormous new block of council dwellings. The design was some way after Corbusier but the block was built up on plinths and resembled an Atlantic liner swimming diagonally across the site.
    • 2005, Plato, Lesley Brown, transl., Sophist, page 230b:
      But what you've just described does resemble a person of that kind.
    The twins resemble each other.
  2. (transitive, now rare, archaic) To compare; to regard as similar, to liken.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To counterfeit; to imitate.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To cause to imitate or be like; to make similar.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], 2nd edition, part 1, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene vi:
      And ſince we all haue ſuckt one wholſome aire,
      And with the ſame proportion of Elements,
      Reſolue, I hope we are reſembled,
      Uowing our loues to equall death and life, []
    • 1881, Horace Bushnell, Building Eras in Religion:
      they resemble themselves to the swans


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  1. inflection of resemblar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative