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resonate

[rez-uh-neyt]
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verb (used without object), res·o·nat·ed, res·o·nat·ing.
  1. to resound.
  2. to act as a resonator; exhibit resonance.
  3. Electronics. to reinforce oscillations because the natural frequency of the device is the same as the frequency of the source.
  4. to amplify vocal sound by the sympathetic vibration of air in certain cavities and bony structures.
  5. 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.
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verb (used with object), res·o·nat·ed, res·o·nat·ing.
  1. to cause to resound.
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Origin of resonate

1870–75; < Latin resonātus, past participle of resonāre to resound; see -ate1
Related formsres·o·na·tion, nounun·res·o·nat·ing, adjective
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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.


British Dictionary definitions for resonate

resonate

verb
  1. to resound or cause to resound; reverberate
  2. (of a mechanical system, electrical circuit, chemical compound, etc) to exhibit or cause to exhibit resonance
  3. (intr often foll by with) to be understood or receive a sympathetic responsethemes which will resonate with voters
  4. (intr: foll by with) to be filled withsimple words that seem to resonate with mystery and beauty
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Derived Formsresonation, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Latin resonāre
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Word Origin and History for resonate

v.

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.

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