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alliterate

[ uh-lit-uh-reyt ]
/ əˈlɪt əˌreɪt /
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Definition of alliterate

verb (used without object), al·lit·er·at·ed, al·lit·er·at·ing.
to show alliteration: In “Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran,” the “r” alliterates.
to use alliteration: Swinburne often alliterates.
verb (used with object), al·lit·er·at·ed, al·lit·er·at·ing.
to compose or arrange with alliteration: He alliterates the “w's” in that line.
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Origin of alliterate

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from alliteration

OTHER WORDS FROM alliterate

al·lit·er·a·tor, nounnon·al·lit·er·at·ed, adjectiveun·al·lit·er·at·ed, adjective
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How to use alliterate in a sentence

  • 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
  • Note, that not only do the names alliterate, but the alliteration is perfect.

    Beowulf|R. W. Chambers
  • All consonants alliterate with themselves, though usually sh, sp, and st agree only with the same combination.

British Dictionary definitions for alliterate

alliterate
/ (əˈlɪtəˌreɪt) /

verb
to contain or cause to contain alliteration
(intr) to speak or write using alliteration
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