See also: resemblé



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, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [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, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 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.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.x:
      And th'other all yclad in garments light, / Discolour'd like to womanish disguise, / He did resemble to his Ladie bright [...].
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To counterfeit; to imitate.
    • 1601, Philemon Holland, The Historie of the World, commonly called the Naturall Historie (originally by Pliny the Elder)
      They can so well resemble mans speech.
  4. (obsolete, transitive)  To cause to imitate or be like; to make similar.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of H. Bushnell to this entry?)


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  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of resemblar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of resemblar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of resemblar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of resemblar.