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alliterate

[uh-lit-uh-reyt] /əˈlɪt əˌreɪt/
verb (used without object), alliterated, alliterating.
1.
to show alliteration:
In “Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran,” the “r” alliterates.
2.
to use alliteration:
Swinburne often alliterates.
verb (used with object), alliterated, alliterating.
3.
to compose or arrange with alliteration:
He alliterates the “w's” in that line.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; back formation from alliteration
Related forms
alliterator, noun
nonalliterated, adjective
unalliterated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for all-iterate

alliterate

/əˈlɪtəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to contain or cause to contain alliteration
2.
(intransitive) to speak or write using alliteration
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Word Origin and History for all-iterate
alliterate
"to use alliteration," by 1816, back-formation from alliteration, on analogy of obliterate. Related: Alliterative (1764).
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