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  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvɜː(ɹ).bəɹ.eɪt/


reverberate (third-person singular simple present reverberates, present participle reverberating, simple past and past participle reverberated)

  1. (intransitive) to ring with many echos
  2. (intransitive) to have a lasting effect
    • 2014 November 17, Roger Cohen, “The horror! The horror! The trauma of ISIS [print version: International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 9]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      What is unbearable, in fact, is the feeling, 13 years after 9/11, that America has been chasing its tail; that, in some whack-a-mole horror show, the quashing of a jihadi enclave here only spurs the sprouting of another there; that the ideology of Al Qaeda is still reverberating through a blocked Arab world whose Sunni-Shia balance (insofar as that went) was upended by the American invasion of Iraq.
  3. (intransitive) to repeatedly return
  4. To return or send back; to repel or drive back; to echo, as sound; to reflect, as light, as light or heat.
    • Shakespeare
      who, like an arch, reverberates the voice again
  5. To send or force back; to repel from side to side.
    Flame is reverberated in a furnace.
  6. To fuse by reverberated heat.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      reverberated into glass
  7. (intransitive) to rebound or recoil
  8. (intransitive) to shine or reflect (from a surface, etc.)
  9. (obsolete) to shine or glow (on something) with reflected light

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reverberate (comparative more reverberate, superlative most reverberate)

  1. reverberant
    • Shakespeare
      the reverberate hills
  2. Driven back, as sound; reflected.
    • Michael Drayton
      With the reverberate sound the spacious air did fill




  1. vocative masculine singular of reverberātus