resonate

verb
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

Synonyms

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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The immediate challenge is to find a message that resonates against a popular incumbent. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "The Democrats running for governor must be wondering when the cavalry arrives," 11 July 2018 The numbers that resonated most that autumn were Moseley’s 20 field goals and his 95.2% success rate. Michael Farber, SI.com, "Mark Moseley, Last of the Straight-On Kickers," 2 July 2018 The experimental brews that resonate best with consumers may become regional or national beers, Wagner says. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Guinness looks to tap into craft beer creativity with new US brewery, opening Aug. 3," 29 June 2018 Scaramucci said, noting that Don has clearly found a voice and tuned it to a frequency that resonates. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 This is a story that resonates on my 18th Father’s Day — and my proudest one yet. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Thanks, hockey, for making my son stronger and helping fathers understand kids a little better," 15 June 2018 His followers were on the forefront of protests over Iraqi corruption in 2016 that resulted in demonstrators storming the country’s parliament—an expression of political anger that resonated in the recent election. Isabel Coles And Ghassan Adnan, WSJ, "Iraq Kingmaker’s Daunting Task: Lift the Poor of Sadr City," 3 June 2018 This week's ban on kneeling during the National Anthem is the latest example of how fearful the league is of players having any voice or thought that resonates beyond the playbook. CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 26 May 2018 But there are some that resonate over time, particularly throw-down dunks that define a player for life. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jazzy: Rockets’ superiority in question," 3 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'resonate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of resonate

1873, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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More Definitions for resonate

resonate

verb

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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