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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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Examples from the Web for resonation

Historical Examples

  • Oft repeated is this resonation in paired harmonies, the lower phrase like an "obstinate bass."

    Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies

    Philip H. Goepp

British Dictionary definitions for resonation


  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 resonation



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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