- to compose or arrange with alliteration: He alliterates the “w's” in that line.
Origin of alliterate
First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from alliteration
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Examples from the Web for alliterate
Members of the families in Beowulf which we have reason to think historic bear names which alliterate the one with the other.Beowulf
R. W. Chambers
- to contain or cause to contain alliteration
- (intr) to speak or write using alliteration
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Word Origin and History for alliterate
"to use alliteration," 1776 (implied in alliterated), back-formation from alliteration, on analogy of obliterate. Related: Alliterating.
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