Have you noticed that many pet owners resemble their pets? Or is it that pets resemble their owners? Either way, it’s downright strange how they often look alike.

Derived from the old French word sembler, “to appear,” the verb resemble can imply a whole spectrum of likeness. For example, you might closely resemble your schnauzer or, hopefully, only vaguely resemble each other. It’s not just about appearance, either. This concept can include all kinds of characteristics. Two companies can resemble each other and the same could be said of two philosophies.

Definitions of resemble

v appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to

“She resembles her mother very much”
“This paper resembles my own work”
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look like
bear a physical resemblance to
come to life
be lifelike, as of a painting
take after
be similar to a relative
approximate, come close
be close or similar
appear like, as in behavior or appearance
echo, recall
call to mind
imitate uncritically and in every aspect
imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software
follow suit
do what someone else is doing
approach, border on
come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
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agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

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