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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 resonating
  • The mighty jolt of cosmic birth probably also generated gravity waves, which would still be resonating through the cosmos.
  • The cover would stop light from scattering by resonating at the same frequency as the light striking it.
  • They're still being fought, and their outcomes are still resonating.
  • The fact that there is such strong ratings growth means the characters are resonating.
  • As the superheated air cools it produces a resonating tube of partial vacuum surrounding the lightning's path.
  • Another instrumental hypothesis likened the effect to how a flute produces a pure tone via resonating air in the hollow tube.
  • Environmental issues are not resonating with voters in this midterm election the way they usually do.
  • The juxtaposition of the supernatural with the almost hyperrealistic gives the film a resonating double vision.
  • Every so often the unit picks up a false signal--maybe from a resonating crystal in a rock.
  • The sign was on a hollow post with a hole in it, and for some reason it was resonating perfectly, magnifying the bird's peckings.
British Dictionary definitions for resonating


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 resonating



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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