re·​ver·​ber·​ate | \ ri-ˈvər-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce reverberate (audio) \
reverberated; reverberating

Definition of reverberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to become driven back
b : to become reflected
2 : to continue in or as if in a series of echoes : resound a historic event that still reverberates today


re·​ver·​ber·​ate | \ ri-ˈvər-b(ə-)rət How to pronounce reverberate (audio) \

Definition of reverberate (Entry 2 of 2)

Synonyms for reverberate

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.

Examples of reverberate in a Sentence

Verb the sound of thunder reverberated from one end of the mountain pass to the other
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Whether Biden’s trip will reverberate with Latino voters the Democrats are struggling to hold onto in the midterm elections remains to be seen. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Chiney Ogwumike does means, and will reverberate in the years to come. Howard Megdal, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Those steps would deal a serious blow to Moscow's oil exports that could reverberate far beyond Europe. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 5 May 2022 The consequences of that day continue to reverberate. Taylor Romine And Michelle Watson, CNN, 4 May 2022 Palen has worked with a team of researchers to study how Trump used Twitter and track the way his tweets would reverberate and touch nearly every way information was consumed on the Internet. Brian Bennett, Time, 26 Apr. 2022 Even after the election is over, the deep fissures laid bare by the campaign will continue to reverberate outside France’s borders. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Echoes of Clark’s death continue to reverberate through Sacramento, and they were heard this week as residents struggled to understand why gun violence continues to plague an otherwise quiet city. NBC News, 8 Apr. 2022 Policymakers are also concerned that the turmoil could reverberate more broadly. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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

First Known Use of reverberate


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reverberate


Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare, from re- + verberare to lash, from verber rod — more at vervain

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best soundbars.

Learn More About reverberate

Time Traveler for reverberate

Time Traveler

The first known use of reverberate was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Listen to Our Podcast About reverberate

Dictionary Entries Near reverberate




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for reverberate

Last Updated

21 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Reverberate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for reverberate


re·​ver·​ber·​ate | \ ri-ˈvər-bə-ˌrāt How to pronounce reverberate (audio) \
reverberated; reverberating

Kids Definition of reverberate

: to continue in or as if in a series of echoes My voice reverberated throughout the room.

More from Merriam-Webster on reverberate

Nglish: Translation of reverberate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of reverberate for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!