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

echo, reecho, resonate, resound, sound

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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

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Neither did Laura Walker or Ryan Dennison or Emily Perez, or countless other West Point graduates whose names reverberated among our extended Army family. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019 Its Music Around 15 years ago, a raw, reverberating, lo-fi but high-energy sound made its way from Rio de Janeiro to the U.S., thanks to a mixtape produced by a DJ named Diplo (yes, that Diplo). Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019 The answer arrived Thursday, reverberating around the industry like a thunderclap. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Bryce Harper, Phillies Reach 13-Year, $330 Million Deal," 28 Feb. 2019 Carpenter’s suit reflects a legal and political dilemma that’s beginning to reverberate around the country: As seas rise and coasts wash away, who owns the land that goes underwater? Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg.com, "The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change," 25 Apr. 2018 April of 1968, in particular, would catalyze a pivotal year that still reverberates today. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "How April 1968 Changed the United States Forever," 19 Apr. 2019 An escalation in violence could reverberate far beyond the former Belgian colony. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Surprise Winner Declared in Congo Presidential Election," 9 Jan. 2019 The decision to lower the threshold first for lower-court nominees and then the Supreme Court will reverberate for many years to come. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser," 25 Sep. 2018 Belcalis Almanzar is here to stay because Invasion of Privacy is sonically engaging and stuffed with one-liners that will surely reverberate throughout conversation for some time. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Discovered From Cardi B's 'Invasion of Privacy'," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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reverberate

verb

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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