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[verb ri-vur-buh-reyt; adjective ri-vur-ber-it] /verb rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪt; adjective rɪˈvɜr bər ɪt/
verb (used without object), reverberated, reverberating.
to reecho or resound:
Her singing reverberated through the house.
Physics. to be reflected many times, as sound waves from the walls of a confined space.
to rebound or recoil.
to be deflected, as flame in a reverberatory furnace.
verb (used with object), reverberated, reverberating.
to echo back or reecho (sound).
to cast back or reflect (light, heat, etc.).
to subject to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.
Origin of reverberate
First recorded in 1540-50, reverberate is from the Latin word reverberātus (past participle of reverberāre to strike back). See reverberant, -ate1
Related forms
[ri-vur-buh-rey-tiv, -ber-uh-] /rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪ tɪv, -bər ə-/ (Show IPA),
reverberator, noun
unreverberated, adjective
unreverberating, adjective
unreverberative, adjective
1. carry, ring, rebound, vibrate. Unabridged
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  • While on their way, they would make the dense old woods, for miles around, reverberate with their wild notes.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • My voice seemed to reverberate and re-echo as if I had shouted with all my strength.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • If this is a fortunate day, however, the horn on the turret will blow, and then the gong at the bailey gate will reverberate.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • Its walls, while echoing voices of lamentation, reverberate also the shouts of revenge.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The thunders of the Bible will reverberate in my mind with more vitality since our excursion to Vesuvius.

    From sketch-book and diary Elizabeth Butler
British Dictionary definitions for reverberate


(intransitive) to resound or re-echo: the explosion reverberated through the castle
to reflect or be reflected many times
(intransitive) to rebound or recoil
(intransitive) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
(transitive) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace
Derived Forms
reverberant, (rare) reverberative, adjective
reverberantly, adverb
reverberation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin reverberāre to strike back, from re- + verberāre to beat, from verber a lash
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for reverberate

1570s, "beat back, drive back, force back," from Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare "strike back, repel, cause to rebound" (see reverberation). Meaning "re-echo" is from 1590s. Earlier verb was reverberen (early 15c.). Related: Reverberated; reverberating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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