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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The encounter between Dolores and Bernard was oddly emotionally resonant, too. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: Ride the Tiger," 6 May 2018 This is not new, of course—states have long leveraged imagery for social and political influence, but today, a resonant image can spark a vibrant online discourse, which can in turn help shape discourse in favor of state agendas. An Xiao Mina, The Atlantic, "That Merkel Photo Is More Like a Meme Than a Renaissance Painting," 11 June 2018 But that would have set up another resonant image: Mr. Moon in his box with Ms. Kim. Mark Landler, New York Times, "No Handshakes as Pence Avoids Kim Jong-un’s Sister at Olympics," 9 Feb. 2018 This, too, could seem eerily resonant, given the human rights crisis at the Mexican border that saw immigrant children being separated from their parents. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Is Brutal and Not Much Else," 11 July 2018 The decade's combination of free-form and mod feels forever resonant—particularly when aesthetics are tweaked to play up au courant trends. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Fendi Gives the Couture Cat Eye a Bold New Runway Spin," 4 July 2018 That clichéd image felt resonant as the cycle of Spring 2019 menswear shows across multiple cities came to a close last week. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Newest Men’s Clothing Trends to Follow (or Laugh At)," 28 June 2018 The novel traces three decades as they are experienced by Peter, June, and later their daughter, Elsbeth, all trying to come to terms with the imprint of the past in this absorbing and emotionally resonant story. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of June: the Monitor's picks," 14 June 2018 This year, there would seem no more apt recipient than Neil Diamond, the consummate hitmaker who at 77 continues to connect generations through his resonant storytelling. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Neil Diamond Explains Why He Didn't Want His Music In 'Pulp Fiction' -- At First," 13 June 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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