res·​o·​nant | \ˈre-zə-nənt, ˈrez-nənt\

Definition of resonant 

1 : continuing to sound : echoing

2a : capable of inducing resonance

b : relating to or exhibiting resonance

3a : intensified and enriched by or as if by resonance a resonant voice

b : marked by grandiloquence

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Other Words from resonant

resonant noun
resonantly adverb

Examples of resonant in a Sentence

the resonant tones of the piano He has a deep, resonant voice. His words were resonant with meaning.
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What are the fundamental changes that are affecting fashion that might be resonant to people who listen to this podcast? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ads are just one piece of a bigger ‘reckoning’ in the fashion industry," 20 Sep. 2018 That subject is proving resonant in House and Senate races across the country. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Democrats Counter Trump Push for Cheaper, Limited Health Plans," 9 Oct. 2018 The Fourth Turning that feels particularly resonant in 2018 is that of the Gray Champion. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The rise, fall, and unlikely return of Murphy Brown, explained," 27 Sep. 2018 The devastating story of poaching in Africa has become all-too resonant. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can the Northern White Rhino Come Back from the Edge of Extinction?," 22 Sep. 2018 Minaj didn't take the music video lightly for a song so resonant with her personal life. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nicki Minaj Channels Beyoncé's Underwater Shoot in a New Music Video," 1 May 2017 None of this would have been so resonant had not director Kimberly Senior’s production at Writers been an unstinting piece of work with a rich sense of place. Chris Jones,, "In the old-school 'Buried Child,' Sam Shepard understood what still pains Illinois," 17 May 2018 Despite the inclusion of famed activists on the red carpet, Time's Up didn't really feel resonant beyond Hollywood during most of the red-carpet coverage. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "Red Carpet Review: #MeToo Message Mixes Awkwardly With Hollywood Awards Season Chatter," 8 Jan. 2018 Burnham, a 27-year-old stand-up comedian who first emerged as a YouTube star in the early days of the website, is running headlong at those topics here with his debut film, and the results are resonant. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Eighth Grade Is a Mesmerizing, Heartfelt Portrait of Teenhood," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of resonant

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of resonant

: producing a loud, clear, deep sound

: strongly affecting someone especially with a particular quality


res·​o·​nant | \ˈre-zə-nənt \

Kids Definition of resonant

: making a long loud, clear, and deep sound a resonant voice

Other Words from resonant

resonantly adverb


res·​o·​nant | \ˈrez-ᵊn-ənt, ˈrez-nənt \

Medical Definition of resonant 

1 : capable of inducing resonance

2 : relating to or exhibiting resonance

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