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Definition of "reverberate" [re•ver•ber•ate]

  • To resound in a succession of echoes; reecho. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have a prolonged or continuing effect: Those talks with his teacher reverberated throughout his life. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be repeatedly reflected, as sound waves, heat, or light. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be forced or driven back; recoil or rebound. (verb-intransitive)
  • To reecho (a sound). See Synonyms at echo. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reverberate" in a sentence
  • "Words can cut and cleave a person in a way nothing else can - having a hateful word reverberate in your head for weeks can eat at the essence of your worth."
  • "Tschminsk! why did the simple word reverberate upon Gertrude's ears?"
  • "Their rattling calls reverberate along waterways throughout the breeding season, and their flashing wings are apparent year-round."