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[rez-uh-neyt] /ˈrɛz əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), resonated, resonating.
to resound.
to act as a resonator; exhibit resonance.
Electronics. to reinforce oscillations because the natural frequency of the device is the same as the frequency of the source.
to amplify vocal sound by the sympathetic vibration of air in certain cavities and bony structures.
to produce a positive feeling, emotional response, or opinion:
an issue that clearly resonates with members of our community; a poem that resonates for me.
verb (used with object), resonated, resonating.
to cause to resound.
Origin of resonate
1870-75; < Latin resonātus, past participle of resonāre to resound; see -ate1
Related forms
resonation, noun
unresonating, adjective Unabridged
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  • These are questions that resonate loudly in today's political discourse and in the beliefs of very many people.

  • The case must be strong enough to counteract the tension of the strings and yet light enough to allow the sound to resonate.

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British Dictionary definitions for resonate


to resound or cause to resound; reverberate
(of a mechanical system, electrical circuit, chemical compound, etc) to exhibit or cause to exhibit resonance
(intransitive) often foll by with. to be understood or receive a sympathetic response: themes which will resonate with voters
(intransitive:) foll by with. to be filled with: simple words that seem to resonate with mystery and beauty
Derived Forms
resonation, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin resonāre
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Word Origin and History for resonate

1873, from Latin resonatus, past participle of resonare "to sound again" (see resonance). Literal at first; figurative sense, of feelings, emotions, etc., by 1978. Related: Resonated; resonating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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