resonate

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verb res·o·nate \ˈre-zə-ˌnāt\

Definition of resonate

resonated

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resonating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to produce or exhibit resonance

  3. 2 :  to respond as if by resonance <resonate to the music>; also :  to have a repetitive pattern that resembles resonance

  4. 3 :  to relate harmoniously :  strike a chord <a message that resonates with voters>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to subject to resonating

Examples of resonate in a sentence

  1. The siren resonated throughout the city.

  2. <the deep sounds of the bassoon resonated through the concert hall>

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”).

1873

First Known Use of resonate

1873


RESONATE Defined for English Language Learners

resonate

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verb res·o·nate \ˈre-zə-ˌnāt\

Definition of resonate for English Language Learners

  • : 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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