res·​o·​nate | \ ˈre-zə-ˌnāt \
resonated; resonating

Definition of resonate

intransitive verb

1 : to produce or exhibit resonance
2 : to respond as if by resonance resonate to the music also : to have a repetitive pattern that resembles resonance
3 : to relate harmoniously : strike a chord a message that resonates with voters

transitive verb

: to subject to resonating

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Synonyms for resonate


echo, reecho, resound, reverberate, sound

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Resonate vs. Reverberate

Resonate and reverberate each have at least one meaning that is concerned with sound, and they carry a degree of overlap in their definitions. However, there are some subtle differences between them that are worth observing. Resonate typically suggests that a single lasting sound is produced; reverberate, on the other hand, indicates that an initial sound is followed by a series of echoes. In terms of the contexts in which they are used, resonate often involves a person (“that passage of the book resonated with many young readers”); reverberate, on the other hand, is more likely to be used of a thing, such as the aftermath of some major event (“the shock caused by the assassination reverberated across Europe”).

Examples of resonate in a Sentence

The siren resonated throughout the city. the deep sounds of the bassoon resonated through the concert hall

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From Prada’s nylon rainwear to Junya Watanabe’s mash-ups with North Face and Carhartt, notions of practicality, protection, and straight-up common sense have resonated with editors and consumers alike. Emily Farra, Vogue, "10 Trends We Expect to See in Men’s Street Style This Year," 2 Jan. 2019 Where criticism of Lagerwey has resonated is in the Sounders’ inability to start quickly and avoid scrambling for their playoff lives every July. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey prepares for longer offseason after fans sign off on retaining him," 13 Nov. 2018 This piece has always resonated within the athleisure space, seamlessly merging the ease of comfort with the polish of tailoring. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Veronica Beard x Bandier Will Make You Excited For Your Next Workout," 1 Nov. 2018 But his campaign platform has resonated among the state’s progressive voters and public unions. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "A Democratic Reformer Tries to Hang On in New England," 7 Sep. 2018 And yet it hasn't resonated with the broad public as much. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani on McGahn's testimony, origins of Russia probe," 19 Aug. 2018 The brand has not resonated with younger riders, and Harley’s first-quarter sales this year were down 12 percent over the same period in 2017. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "Harley-Davidson Announces Four Surprising New Models," 31 July 2018 David Lindquist/IndyStar Pop-culture sensations come and go, but Garfield has resonated with comic-strip readers for 40 years. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Garfield turns 40: Nine lives of Indiana’s top cartoon cat," 19 June 2018 Amid the grief that has resonated through the country for the past 12 months, many residents are working to ensure some good emerges from the horrors of that fateful night. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "One year later, Britain remembers Grenfell Tower fire, country's deadliest tragedy since World War II," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of resonate

1873, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of resonate was in 1873

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English Language Learners Definition of resonate

: to continue to produce a loud, clear, deep sound for a long time
: to have particular meaning or importance for someone : to affect or appeal to someone in a personal or emotional way

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to deny responsibility for

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