res·​o·​nate | \ ˈre-zə-ˌnāt How to pronounce resonate (audio) \
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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Through leveraging the powers of AI and machine learning, publishers can provide consumers with a much more positive experience by offering them ad content that is more likely to resonate with them. Emilia Kirk, Forbes, 21 June 2022 But, even as Georgians take time off Monday to mark the day, Bailey’s concerns continue to resonate. Ernie Suggs, ajc, 16 June 2022 And the pitches seemed to resonate with the in-person upfront crowd… to a point. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 May 2022 The anti-socialism message seems to resonate with American immigrants who have fled socialist regimes — this same tactic was used by House Republicans in 2020 and helped flip seats with heavy Cuban communities in South Florida. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 10 May 2022 Saturday’s message seemed to resonate with grassroots movements and everyday citizens as well as the political bigwigs. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 7 May 2022 Jones is the first WNBA player featured alongside NBA players other than Paul, instead with Young and Marjanović, as part of the company’s efforts to diversify talent and teams represented to resonate with fans. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 The message also might resonate more with a younger, more risk-tolerant demographic, which serves as the industry’s primary customer base. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2022 Though nearly three decades have passed since the trio starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaur epic, that series-starter still manages to resonate in impressive ways. New York Times, 8 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resonate

1873, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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23 Jun 2022

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“Resonate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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