Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To exhibit similarity or likeness to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To be like or similar to (something); to represent as similar.
  • v. To compare; to regard as similar, to liken.
  • v. To counterfeit; to imitate.
  • v. To cause to imitate or be like; to make similar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To be like or similar to; to bear the similitude of, either in appearance or qualities.
  • transitive v. To liken; to compare; to represent as like.
  • transitive v. To counterfeit; to imitate.
  • transitive v. To cause to imitate or be like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be like to; have similarity to, in form, figure, or qualities.
  • To represent as like something else; liken; compare; note a resemblance.
  • To imitate; simulate; counterfeit.
  • To be like: have a resemblance; appear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to

Etymologies

Middle English resemblen, from Old French resembler : re-, re- + sembler, to appear (from Latin simulāre, to imitate, from similis, like; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, Middle French resembler, from re- + sembler ("to seem"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And while Locke claims our ideas of primary qualities resemble the primary qualities in objects, and the ideas of secondary qualities do not resemble their causes in the object, what does ˜resemble™ mean in this context?

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  • The three populations I most resemble from a genetic perspective (besides other Ashkenazic Jews, and, I assume, likely Sephardic Jews as well) are Druze, Bedouin, and Palestinian.

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  • It rarely happens that any two copies of the Alif Lila va Lilin resemble each other.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • DM: Unfortunately, the only celebrity I resemble is Anthony Edwards (formerly Dr. Mark Green on ER).

    ON THE BUBBLE WITH DAVID MONTGOMERY

  • Michael Farris´ mention of Polish is well suited in this context--it always strikes me how many quite common words in Polish resemble their English counterparts with the only exception they are inflected "in the Polish manner".

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  • He gave the guttural a rolling sound that made the word resemble an oath in some exotic language.

    The Mummy Case

  • They realized that the 9/11 attacks might not be the stunning victory that al-Qaeda and many in the West took them to be at the time, and might in fact more resemble a kamikaze operation that would decimate their ranks.

    The Longest War

  • The biggest question is why anyone would want to resemble a kangaroo or tiger?

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  • The workshop of Clemente Susini and Francesco Calenzuoli is believed to have crafted the intricate innards of the Venus, whose head and expression resemble an angelic Renaissance saint.

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  • The church, which used to resemble a kaleidoscope with the bright-hued raiment of the women, is now filled with kneeling figures in black.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines

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