[ ri-zoun-ding ]
/ rɪˈzaʊn dɪŋ /


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

Nearby words

  1. resorption lacuna,
  2. resorptive,
  3. resort,
  4. resorter,
  5. resound,
  6. resource,
  7. resourceful,
  8. resources,
  9. resp.,
  10. respawn

Origin of resounding

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

Related formsre·sound·ing·ly, adverb


[ 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 confusedre-sound resound


[ 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 confusedrebound 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


/ (rɪˈzaʊndɪŋ) /


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


/ (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


/ (riːˈsaʊnd) /


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