alliterate

verb
al·​lit·​er·​ate | \ ə-ˈli-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce alliterate (audio) \
alliterated; alliterating

Definition of alliterate

intransitive verb

1 : to form an alliteration
2 : to write or speak alliteratively

transitive verb

: to arrange or place so as to make alliteration alliterate syllables in a sentence

First Known Use of alliterate

1739, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for alliterate

back-formation from alliteration

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The first known use of alliterate was in 1739

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