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[v. ri-vur-buh-reyt; adj. ri-vur-ber-it] /v. rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪt; adj. rɪˈvɜr bər ɪt/
verb (used without object), reverberated, reverberating.
to reecho or resound:
Her singing reverberated through the house.
Physics. to be reflected many times, as sound waves from the walls of a confined space.
to rebound or recoil.
to be deflected, as flame in a reverberatory furnace.
verb (used with object), reverberated, reverberating.
to echo back or reecho (sound).
to cast back or reflect (light, heat, etc.).
to subject to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.
Origin of reverberate
1540-50; < Latin reverberātus (past participle of reverberāre to strike back). See reverberant, -ate1
Related forms
[ri-vur-buh-rey-tiv, -ber-uh-] /rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪ tɪv, -bər ə-/ (Show IPA),
reverberator, noun
unreverberated, adjective
unreverberating, adjective
unreverberative, adjective
1. carry, ring, rebound, vibrate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reverberate
  • Tsunamis are so persistent that they can reverberate through an ocean for days, bouncing back and forth between continents.
  • The music is cranked, and squeals of delight reverberate-you might as well be at some über-cool underground lounge.
  • All it's going to do is reverberate around the office that so and so made a mistake and so and so is angry at them.
  • The results of their work reverberate deeply in the local culture as well as the regional ecosystem.
  • Written in the sixteenth century these lines reverberate in the context of twentieth century carnage.
  • Indeed, our actions reverberate throughout the global community.
  • Wretched conditions in a distant land not only stir our consciences but reverberate through our linked economies.
  • Suicides reverberate through close-knit communities and continue to affect survivors many years after the actual incident.
  • The direct and indirect impacts of housing development and rehabilitation reverberate throughout the nation.
  • These basin-edge induced waves in turn may reverberate within the basin.
British Dictionary definitions for reverberate


(intransitive) to resound or re-echo: the explosion reverberated through the castle
to reflect or be reflected many times
(intransitive) to rebound or recoil
(intransitive) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
(transitive) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace
Derived Forms
reverberant, (rare) reverberative, adjective
reverberantly, adverb
reverberation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin reverberāre to strike back, from re- + verberāre to beat, from verber a lash
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Word Origin and History for reverberate

1570s, "beat back, drive back, force back," from Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare "strike back, repel, cause to rebound" (see reverberation). Meaning "re-echo" is from 1590s. Earlier verb was reverberen (early 15c.). Related: Reverberated; reverberating.

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