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[rez-uh-neyt] /ˈrɛz əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), resonated, resonating.
to resound.
to act as a resonator; exhibit resonance.
Electronics. to reinforce oscillations because the natural frequency of the device is the same as the frequency of the source.
to amplify vocal sound by the sympathetic vibration of air in certain cavities and bony structures.
verb (used with object), resonated, resonating.
to cause to resound.
Origin of resonate
1870-75; < Latin resonātus, past participle of resonāre to resound; see -ate1
Related forms
resonation, noun
unresonating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resonate
  • The high hopes for this newfangled idea still resonate in the one piece of mail known to exist from that day's attempt.
  • If the two feather types were making the sound, they should resonate when vibrated at the same frequency during the experiments.
  • All the soldiers would have been familiar with the anecdotes that still resonate today.
  • Obviously, there is no easy answer and messages resonate differently with different types of people.
  • And it is especially at this time you need your friends to validate and resonate with your loss.
  • For those reasons, they resonate across all academic disciplines and among the general public.
  • Even if the media identified certain views as outliers, there is no guarantee it would resonate.
  • After the playback, the can continues to resonate by itself, scattering out the sound energy left inside.
  • We value good writing and pictures that resonate with it.
  • And his effectiveness makes the books resonate with those who have lived in the region.
British Dictionary definitions for resonate


to resound or cause to resound; reverberate
(of a mechanical system, electrical circuit, chemical compound, etc) to exhibit or cause to exhibit resonance
(intransitive) often foll by with. to be understood or receive a sympathetic response: themes which will resonate with voters
(intransitive:) foll by with. to be filled with: simple words that seem to resonate with mystery and beauty
Derived Forms
resonation, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin resonāre
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Word Origin and History for resonate

1873, from Latin resonatus, past participle of resonare "to sound again" (see resonance). Literal at first; figurative sense, of feelings, emotions, etc., by 1978. Related: Resonated; resonating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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