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

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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 But the repercussions can reverberate throughout populations, perhaps even species, if the events are frequent enough. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 When Rams have the ball: A season-ending knee injury suffered by veteran wide receiver Robert Woods will reverberate through the offense, and not only in the passing game. Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 The consequences of a war lost through incompetence, delusion and self-defeat will reverberate beyond South Asia. H.r. Mcmaster, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2021 This offseason in particular could reverberate throughout the sport, with the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the MLB Players Association set to expire Dec. 1. Nathan Ruiz,, 4 Nov. 2021 The loss of Hutchins will reverberate through the industry, as the cinematographer was known as an innovative filmmaker and a trailblazer for other women in film. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 The acquisition will reverberate far beyond the city limits, giving Riyadh a toehold in the world’s most lucrative soccer league, with an average global audience of some 3 million per game. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 This has now become the biggest story in tennis, something that in many ways transcends sports, and the consequences are going to reverberate for a long time. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 31 May 2021 The fatal shooting continues to reverberate through the film industry and beyond. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2021

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of reverberate

: to continue in a series of quickly repeated sounds that bounce off a surface (such as a wall)
: to become filled with a sound


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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