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

     

    echo

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈekəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekoʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they echo
    BrE BrE//ˈekəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekoʊ//
     
    he / she / it echoes
    BrE BrE//ˈekəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekoʊz//
     
    past simple echoed
    BrE BrE//ˈekəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekoʊd//
     
    past participle echoed
    BrE BrE//ˈekəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekoʊd//
     
    -ing form echoing
    BrE BrE//ˈekəʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈekoʊɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] if a sound echoes, it is reflected off a wall, the side of a mountain, etc. so that you can hear it again synonym reverberate Her footsteps echoed in the empty room. The gunshot echoed through the forest.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to send back and repeat a sound; to be full of a sound synonym reverberate The whole house echoed. echo to/with something The street echoed with the cries of children. echo something (back) The valley echoed back his voice.
  3. 3[transitive] echo something to repeat an idea or opinion because you agree with it ‘More police, that’s what we need,’ he said, echoing his father’s views on the subject. This is a view echoed by many on the right of the party.
  4. 4[transitive] + speech | echo something to repeat what somebody else has just said, especially because you find it surprising ‘He's gone!’ Viv echoed.
  5. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French or Latin, from Greek ēkhō, related to ēkhē ‘a sound’.Extra examples ‘He’s gone!’ Viv echoed incredulously. Her footsteps echoed down the corridor. Her screams still echoed in his ears. His voice echoed around the room. In his statement, the minister merely echoed the views of the chief police officer. Laughter echoed through the house. Many others echoed her opinion that a change in the law was necessary. The call echoed off the walls of the cave. The great hall echoed with laughter. The protest seemed to echo across the room. The sound echoed hollowly through the tall empty house. Their ideas seem to echo our own. Their voices echoed back across the water. They had ideas which seem to echo our own. an opinion that is widely echoed in the tabloid press ‘More police, that’s what we need,’ he said, echoing his father’s views on the subject.
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