resemble
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɹɪˈzɛmb(ə)l/
Verb

resemble (resembles, present participle resembling; 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.
    • 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.
    • They can so well resemble man's speech.
  4. (obsolete, transitive)  To cause to imitate or be like; to make similar.
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