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reverberate

verb re·ver·ber·ate \ ri-ˈvər-bə-ˌrāt \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of reverberate

reverberated; reverberating
transitive verb
1 : reflect
2 : repel
3 : echo
intransitive verb
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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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

reverberate Synonyms

Synonyms
echo, reecho, resonate, resound, sound
Related Words
ring, roll
Near Antonyms
damp, dampen, deaden, dull, quiet

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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

verb

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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