Definition of echo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈekəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekoʊ//
    (pl. echoes)
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  1. 1the reflecting of sound off a wall or inside a confined space so that a noise appears to be repeated; a sound that is reflected back in this way There was an echo on the phone and I couldn't hear clearly. The hills sent back a faint echo. the echo of footsteps running down the corridor ‘So you love him, do you?’ Magda’s voice was a mocking echo of my own.
  2. 2the fact of an idea, event, etc. being like another and reminding you of it; something that reminds you of something else Yesterday's crash has grim echoes of previous disasters.
  3. 3an opinion or attitude that agrees with or repeats one already expressed or thought His words were an echo of what she had heard many times before. The speech found an echo in the hearts of many of the audience (= they agreed with it).
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French or Latin, from Greek ēkhō, related to ēkhē ‘a sound’.Extra examples An echo came back from the walls of the building. The bat compares the sound of its cry with the sound of the returning echo. The echo slowly died away. The echoes reverberated through the auditorium. The initial reports had an eerie echo of the attacks two weeks earlier. The political upheavals find an echo in the art of the time. The story has echoes of Alice in Wonderland. Their footsteps on the bare boards sent out hollow echoes. There are clear echoes of Elvis Presley in his vocal style. We could just hear a faint echo. ghostly echoes of Virginia’s past the echo from a brick wall The speech found an echo in the hearts of many of the audience. There was an echo on the line and I couldn’t hear clearly.
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