"be like, have likeness or similarity to," mid-14c., from Old French resembler "be like" (12c., Modern French ressemble), from re-, here perhaps an intensive prefix, + sembler "to appear, to seem, be like," from Latin simulare "to make like, imitate, copy, represent," from stem of similis "like, resembling, of the same kind" (see similar).
Also formerly "to compare or liken (one to another); make an image of" (late 14c.). Related: Resembled; resembling.
updated on July 18, 2021
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