- 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[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[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[transitive] + speech | echo something to repeat what somebody else has just said, especially because you find it surprising ‘He's gone!’ Viv echoed. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French or Latin, from Greek ēkhō, related to ēkhē
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//