[ ri-zoun-ding ]
/ rɪˈzaʊn dɪŋ /


making an echoing sound: a resounding thud.
uttered loudly: resounding speech.
impressively thorough or complete: a resounding popular success.

Origin of resounding

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at resound, -ing2

Related forms

re·sound·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for resounding (2 of 3)


[ ree-sound ]
/ riˈsaʊnd /

verb (used with or without object)

to sound again.

Origin of re-sound

First recorded in 1895–1900; re- + sound1

Can be confused

re-sound resound

Definition for resounding (3 of 3)


[ ri-zound ]
/ rɪˈzaʊnd /

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 confused

rebound redound resoundre-sound resound Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for resounding (1 of 3)


/ (rɪˈzaʊndɪŋ) /


clear and emphatic; unmistakablea resounding vote of confidence
full of or characterized by resonance; reverberatinga resounding slap

Derived Forms

resoundingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for resounding (2 of 3)


/ (rɪˈzaʊnd) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for resounding (3 of 3)


/ (riːˈsaʊnd) /


to sound or cause to sound again
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