- 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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- to contain or cause to contain alliteration
- (intr) to speak or write using alliteration
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Word Origin and History for non-alliterated
"to use alliteration," 1776 (implied in alliterated), back-formation from alliteration, on analogy of obliterate. Related: Alliterating.
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