[ uh-lit-uh-reyt ]
/ əˈlɪt əˌreɪt /

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.

Origin of alliterate

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from alliteration


al·lit·er·a·tor, nounnon·al·lit·er·at·ed, adjectiveun·al·lit·er·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for alliterate

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for alliterate

/ (əˈlɪtəˌreɪt) /


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