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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 of alliterate
1810-1820
1810-20; back formation from alliteration
Related forms
alliterator, noun
nonalliterated, adjective
unalliterated, adjective
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  • Members of the families in Beowulf which we have reason to think historic bear names which alliterate the one with the other.

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British Dictionary definitions for alliterate

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 alliterate
v.

"to use alliteration," 1776 (implied in alliterated), back-formation from alliteration, on analogy of obliterate. Related: Alliterating.

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