[verb ri-vur-buh-reyt; adjective ri-vur-ber-it]

verb (used without object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.

verb (used with object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.


Origin of reverberate

First recorded in 1540–50, reverberate is from the Latin word reverberātus (past participle of reverberāre to strike back). See reverberant, -ate1
Related formsre·ver·ber·a·tive [ri-vur-buh-rey-tiv, -ber-uh-] /rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪ tɪv, -bər ə-/, adjectivere·ver·ber·a·tor, nounun·re·ver·ber·at·ed, adjectiveun·re·ver·ber·at·ing, adjectiveun·re·ver·ber·a·tive, adjective

Synonyms for reverberate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for reverberate

echo, resound, redound, rebound, reecho, react, recoil, ring

Examples from the Web for reverberate

Contemporary Examples of reverberate

Historical Examples of reverberate

  • You expect the harp to reverberate once again with the old fervors.

    Adventures in the Arts

    Marsden Hartley

  • My voice seemed to reverberate and re-echo as if I had shouted with all my strength.

    The Blue Germ

    Martin Swayne

  • There are other calls than those which reverberate from yon peaks.

    The Forsaken Inn

    Anna Katharine Green

  • Its walls, while echoing voices of lamentation, reverberate also the shouts of revenge.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • All she could do, for the instant, was to reverberate foolishly Prodmores?

    The Two Magics

    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for reverberate



(intr) to resound or re-echothe explosion reverberated through the castle
to reflect or be reflected many times
(intr) to rebound or recoil
(intr) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
(tr) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace
Derived Formsreverberant or rare reverberative, adjectivereverberantly, adverbreverberation, noun

Word Origin for reverberate

C16: from Latin reverberāre to strike back, from re- + verberāre to beat, from verber a lash
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for reverberate

1570s, "beat back, drive back, force back," from Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare "strike back, repel, cause to rebound" (see reverberation). Meaning "re-echo" is from 1590s. Earlier verb was reverberen (early 15c.). Related: Reverberated; reverberating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper