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[ri-zound] /rɪˈzaʊnd/
verb (used without object)
to echo or ring with sound, as a place.
to make an echoing sound, or sound loudly, as a metallic object:
A gong resounded.
to ring or be echoed, as sounds.
to be celebrated or notably important:
His name resounds in the pages of history.
verb (used with object)
to reecho (a sound).
to give forth or utter loudly.
to proclaim loudly (praise, disapproval, etc.).
Origin of resound
1350-1400; Middle English resounen < Middle French resoner < Latin resonāre, equivalent to re- re- + sonāre to sound1
Can be confused
rebound, redound, resound.
re-sound, resound.


[ree-sound] /riˈsaʊnd/
verb (used with or without object)
to sound again.
First recorded in 1895-1900; re- + sound1
Can be confused
re-sound, resound. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for resound
Historical Examples
  • The horn will resound in welcome, the drawbridge will be lowered for us.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • My book should smell of pines and resound with the hum of insects.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The whole place, behind the fence, appeared to bristle and resound.

    Pandora Henry James
  • The quiet room seemed to resound with the long reverberations of her question.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • The musician causes it to resound because he contains a harmonic power.

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  • The willows, on mild April days, resound with the roar of insect traffic.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The sound of distant bagpipes seemed to resound dully in his ears.

    The Wee Scotch Piper Madeline Brandeis
  • As a rule, raps seem to resound on the top of the table; but it is not always so.

  • Such clamor was of voices / that all the mountain did resound.

  • Let universal Paris, universal France, as with the throat of the whirlwind, resound: To arms!

    Orphans of the Storm Henry MacMahon
British Dictionary definitions for resound


verb (intransitive)
to ring or echo with sound; reverberate: the hall resounded with laughter
to make a prolonged echoing noise: the trumpet resounded
(of sounds) to echo or ring
to be widely famous: his achievements resounded throughout India
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resoner, from Latin resonāre to sound again


to sound or cause to sound again
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Word Origin and History for resound

late 14c., resownen, from Old French resoner "reverberate" (12c., Modern French résonner), from Latin resonare "sound again, resound, echo," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + sonare "to sound" (see sonata). Spelling influenced from mid-15c. by sound (v.). Related: Resounded; resounding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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