res·​o·​nant | \ ˈre-zə-nənt How to pronounce resonant (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web This idea seems particularly resonant in the Netherlands, which has faced criticism from its neighbors in the European Union for not having stricter coronavirus mitigation measures. Mary Alice Miller, Wired, "300 Drones Illuminate the Sky to Honor Health Care Workers," 9 May 2020 For many, the Spirits’ minimal overlap with Academy front-runners feels particularly resonant this year. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "How the Indie Spirits and Oscars will reflect an exhilarating—and often odd—awards season," 6 Feb. 2020 But there's perhaps no more emotionally resonant tale that captures the rising and falling fortunes of stardom than A Star Is Born. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Finished 'Hollywood'? Here are the classic movies you should watch next," 3 May 2020 No time is that more resonant than right now as every mother is at home, trying to clean their house, make dinner, keep their kids educated or entertained and work a full-time job. Yvonne Villarrealstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ changes the book’s ending. Here’s why the writers did it," 22 Apr. 2020 And with the perception of a shift in the power balance, Kennan’s view that China was not vital would became less resonant. Tanvi Madan, Quartz India, "How the US went from being indifferent to fawning over India—because of China," 26 Feb. 2020 Electronics join with tart wind harmonies and resonant pitched percussion during the opening. New York Times, "One Work of Dance, Theater and More to Experience This Weekend," 26 Mar. 2020 This beautiful rainbow crystal one is gorgeous and extremely resonant. Popular Science, "Meditation accessories to improve your mindfulness practice and, by extension, your life," 22 Oct. 2019 My writing sucked for a long time in diverse ways, with the occasional sentence or paragraph or maybe even mini-essay that was half decent and resonant with the promise of the actually good. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "Telling Stories In Order to Live: On Writing and Money," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of resonant

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of resonant was in 1592

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“Resonant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce resonant (audio)

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 How to pronounce resonant (audio) \

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 How to pronounce resonant (audio) \

Medical Definition of resonant

1 : capable of inducing resonance
2 : relating to or exhibiting resonance

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