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Examples of reverberate in a Sentence
the sound of thunder reverberated from one end of the mountain pass to the other
Did You Know?
The letter sequence "v-e-r-b" in reverberate might make you think at first of such word-related brethren as proverb, verbal, and verbose, all of which derive from the Latin noun verbum, meaning "word." In fact, reverberate comes from a much different source: the Latin verb verberare, meaning "to whip, beat, or lash," which is related to the noun verber, meaning "rod." Reverberate entered the English language in the 15th century, and one of its early meanings was "to beat, drive, or cast back." By the early 1600s it began to appear in contexts associated with sound that repeats or returns the way an echo does.
Origin and Etymology of reverberate
Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare, from re- + verberare to lash, from verber rod — more at vervain
First Known Use: 15th century
First Known Use of reverberate
REVERBERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reverberate for English Language Learners
: to continue in a series of quickly repeated sounds that bounce off a surface (such as a wall)
: to become filled with a sound
REVERBERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of reverberate for Students
: to continue in or as if in a series of echoes My voice reverberated throughout the room.
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