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reverberate

verb re·ver·ber·ate \ ri-ˈvər-bə-ˌrāt \
Updated on: 10 Apr 2018

Definition of reverberate

reverberated; reverberating
1 : reflect
2 : repel
3 : echo
1 a : 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

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Examples of reverberate in a Sentence

  1. the sound of thunder reverberated from one end of the mountain pass to the other

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Origin and Etymology of reverberate

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

reverberate Synonyms

Synonyms

echo, reecho, resonate, resound, sound;

Near Antonyms

damp, dampen, deaden, dull, quiet;

Related Words

ring, roll;


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reverberate

adjective re·ver·ber·ate \ ri-ˈvər-b(ə-)rət \

Definition of reverberate

First Known Use of reverberate

1603


REVERBERATE Defined for English Language Learners

reverberate

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

reverberate

verb re·ver·ber·ate \ ri-ˈvər-bə-ˌrāt \

Definition of reverberate for Students

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


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