resonate

verb

res·​o·​nate ˈre-zə-ˌnāt How to pronounce resonate (audio)
resonated; resonating

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 His 2024 message that oozed optimism and hope for the future didn't resonate with voters who remain captivated by the Make America Great Again movement. Sarah D. Wire, USA TODAY, 7 July 2024 The aftermath of his miserable debate performance is still resonating, and most of the Democrats — at least those who haven’t yet come out to say Biden should drop out of the race — seem panicky and unable to handle it. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 6 July 2024 Wallace Hôtel & Bar and Hotel Ami are intimate and design-forward, and both are already resonating with travelers eager to venture away from the more tourist-heavy pockets of Paris but still wanting considered French hospitality. Chadner Navarro, Vogue, 6 July 2024 The story is something many people can resonate with — however, Dr. Rubin took it into her own hands and developed a range of products that can help your hair remain healthy and eliminate breakouts while taking care of your hair. Ascend Agency, New York Daily News, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for resonate 

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of resonate was in 1873

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“Resonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resonate. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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resonate

verb
res·​o·​nate ˈrez-ᵊn-ˌāt How to pronounce resonate (audio)
resonated; resonating
1
: to produce or exhibit resonance
2
a
: to respond as if by resonance
resonate to the music
b
: to strike a chord
a message that resonates with voters

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