reverberate

verb
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

reverberate

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

Definition of reverberate (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for reverberate

Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

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 The Tories revolt against Johnson, and his ruthless purging of the rebels, are reverberating through British politics, threatening his hold on power. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, "Brexit uprising poses contrast to the GOP," 7 Sep. 2019 Collapsing car and tractor sales in the past couple of months are reverberating down the supply chain, from parts-makers to steel companies. The Economist, "India Inc is growing disenchanted with Narendra Modi," 17 Aug. 2019 The inundation of 2,000 square miles in recent years is reverberating through the culture and economy. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Can Colorado help in the climate crisis? Congressional committee comes to state seeking guidance," 2 Aug. 2019 All of that is reverberating: Hundreds have protested this week from Rhode Island and Vermont to Texas and California, as cries to #CloseTheCamps take root on social media. Author: Elliot Spagat, Anchorage Daily News, "Jarring images of border cells surface ahead of July 4," 4 July 2019 By Monday morning, the case was reverberating around the country through conservative circles, where prominent leaders were asking the same question. Mike Baker, New York Times, "In Portland, a Punch and a Milkshake Rumor Feed a Fresh Round of Police Criticism," 1 July 2019 The standoff between the two leaders is reverberating beyond Venezuela, with some 50 countries joining the U.S. in backing Mr. Guaidó while others side with Mr. Maduro. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela’s Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished," 18 June 2019 The unprecedented move in oil reverberated around financial markets. Los Angeles Times, "Oil jumps the most ever after attack cuts Saudi Arabian supplies," 15 Sep. 2019 The shootings reverberated across the political arena on Sunday as Democratic presidential candidates called for stricter gun laws and accused President Donald Trump of stoking racial tensions. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Texas grand jury indicts man suspected of killing 22 at Walmart," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of reverberate

Verb

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

Adjective

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reverberate

Verb

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

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

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reverberate

verb
How to pronounce reverberate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reverberate

somewhat formal
: 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

verb
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.

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