verb (used without object)

to echo or ring with sound, as a place.
to make an echoing sound, or sound loudly, as a metallic object: A gong resounded.
to ring or be echoed, as sounds.
to be celebrated or notably important: His name resounds in the pages of history.

verb (used with object)

Origin of resound

1350–1400; Middle English resounen < Middle French resoner < Latin resonāre, equivalent to re- re- + sonāre to sound1
Can be confusedrebound redound resoundre-sound resound



verb (used with or without object)

to sound again.

Origin of re-sound

First recorded in 1895–1900; re- + sound1
Can be confusedre-sound resound Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for resound

reverberate, vibrate, echo, sound, reproduce, ring, boom

Examples from the Web for resound

Historical Examples of resound

  • The horn will resound in welcome, the drawbridge will be lowered for us.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • My book should smell of pines and resound with the hum of insects.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The whole place, behind the fence, appeared to bristle and resound.


    Henry James

  • The quiet room seemed to resound with the long reverberations of her question.

    The Reef

    Edith Wharton

  • The musician causes it to resound because he contains a harmonic power.

British Dictionary definitions for resound


verb (intr)

to ring or echo with sound; reverberatethe hall resounded with laughter
to make a prolonged echoing noisethe trumpet resounded
(of sounds) to echo or ring
to be widely famoushis achievements resounded throughout India

Word Origin for resound

C14: from Old French resoner, from Latin resonāre to sound again



to sound or cause to sound again
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Word Origin and History for resound

late 14c., resownen, from Old French resoner "reverberate" (12c., Modern French résonner), from Latin resonare "sound again, resound, echo," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + sonare "to sound" (see sonata). Spelling influenced from mid-15c. by sound (v.). Related: Resounded; resounding.

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