Definition of resemble in English:



  • Have a similar appearance to or qualities in common with (someone or something); look or seem like.

    ‘some people resemble their dogs’
    ‘they resembled each other closely’
    • ‘He resembles the description of a man seen getting out of the victim's car.’
    • ‘Where homes once stood, there were scenes resembling an earthquake zone.’
    • ‘Initially, choosing a mentor and setting goals closely resembles what it feels like to be congruent.’
    • ‘From above, the shapes resembled pyramids, roads and buildings, they said.’
    • ‘Larger bottles were made too, whose shape resembled an inflated balloon or bladder.’
    • ‘In fact, they resemble patterns typically not seen until late fall or early winter.’
    • ‘In order to make a creature that even vaguely resembles the comic book version, special effects are obviously necessary.’
    • ‘Figures resembling servants often appear along with the flight crews.’
    • ‘The beets are cut up mechanically into slices in machines resembling giant food processors.’
    • ‘A pensioner told how her garden had been left resembling a bomb site after a sewage pipe exploded.’
    • ‘Place nuts in a food processor and blend until mixture resembles very fine breadcrumbs.’
    • ‘There is nothing resembling a face or body in this structure - it is silent and still.’
    • ‘Vaguely resembling baseball, the game of cricket dates back to sixteenth century England.’
    • ‘The theory of dogs resembling their owners was put to the test at a fun dog show recently.’
    • ‘Most of these lacy sculptures resemble architectural models.’
    • ‘Sift the flour, cinnamon and sugar into a bowl and rub the butter in until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.’
    • ‘In a waiting room resembling an interrogation room, we made an official report.’
    • ‘At the time her family was told she might not survive after suffering a massive blood clot on her brain, resembling a stroke.’
    • ‘Many present their items for sale in fold-up wooden boxes, resembling a briefcase.’
    • ‘The cuckoo, which resembles a sparrowhawk or a kestrel in flight, can be difficult to identify.’
    look like, be similar to, be like, bear a resemblance to, remind one of, put one in mind of, take after, favour, have a look of, make one think of
    approximate to, smack of, have the hallmarks of, have all the hallmarks of, correspond to, be not dissimilar to, be not unlike
    echo, mirror, duplicate, parallel
    bear semblance to
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Middle English: from Old French resembler, based on Latin similare (from similis like).