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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.
1870-75; < Latin resonātus, past participle of resonāre to resound; see -ate1
Related forms
resonation, noun
unresonating, adjective Unabridged
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  • Their message resonated down the ages and still have value today.
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  • If the second coil resonated at a different frequency, the energy from the first coil would have been ignored.
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  • Impulse response also resonated because there are multiple modes of resonation.
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  • The purpose was to check if the findings resonated with their experiences working with people in the community.
  • The goal was to create a campaign that resonated with the target audience by getting them interested and involved.
British Dictionary definitions for resonated


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 resonated



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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