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

     

    reverberate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈvɜːbəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrbəreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reverberate
    BrE BrE//ˈvɜːbəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrbəreɪt//
     
    he / she / it reverberates
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvɜːbəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvɜːrbəreɪts//
     
    past simple reverberated
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvɜːbəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvɜːrbəreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle reverberated
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvɜːbəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvɜːrbəreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form reverberating
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvɜːbəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvɜːrbəreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a sound) to be repeated several times as it is reflected off different surfaces synonym echo Her voice reverberated around the hall. The crash reverberated through the house.
  2. 2[intransitive] reverberate (with/to something) (of a place) to seem to shake because of a loud noise The hall reverberated with the sound of music and dancing.
  3. 3[intransitive] (formal) to have a strong effect on people for a long time or over a large area Repercussions of the case continue to reverberate through the financial world.
  4. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘drive or beat back’): from Latin reverberat- ‘struck again’, from the verb reverberare, from re- ‘back’ + verberare ‘to lash’ (from verbera (plural) ‘scourge’).
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