Definition of resonate in English:

resonate

verb

[no object]
  • 1Produce or be filled with a deep, full, reverberating sound.

    ‘the sound of the siren resonated across the harbour’
    • ‘Suddenly, sounds of evil laughter resonated through the air.’
    • ‘He whispered in a deep voice that resonated in Sarah's ears.’
    • ‘Horns, whistles and Caribbean sounds resonated across the city as up to 100,000 people enjoyed the West Indian carnival yesterday.’
    • ‘The sound of gunshots resonated in the distance.’
    • ‘A deep sigh resonated out of me as I tried to sit up.’
    • ‘There are some great moments in a show that fizzes with cartoonish energy and resonates with the sound of a gospel choir.’
    • ‘A loud, metallic sound resonated in his ears as he reached out, slamming his hands against the crusted, unseen surface.’
    • ‘The bass was deep and loud, resonating in my chest.’
    • ‘Without any musical background to interfere, his rich, deep, magnificent voice resonated like it never had before.’
    • ‘At his urging I strummed the guitar, closing my eyes as a gorgeous deep sound resonated.’
    • ‘The deep thud of boots resonated throughout the long passageway.’
    • ‘‘I can do that for you,’ a deep voice resonated behind her.’
    • ‘The sound of caws resonated through the forest.’
    • ‘The sound of pounding hooves resonated through the woods.’
    • ‘It rings below but the whole house resonates with its sound.’
    • ‘Everything turned black and I was almost asleep when a distinct click sounded, resonating in the room.’
    • ‘The sound is magnificent and resonates throughout the whole house, but the piano remains responsive enough to issue just a whisper of sound if required.’
    • ‘The smooth sounds resonated through the empty house.’
    • ‘A vibrating sound resonates through my chest cavity, like a cat purring.’
    • ‘The beat of the drums emulates the beating of the heart - the sound resonates within your body, as if it originated there.’
    go, go off, resound, reverberate, blow, blare
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    1. 1.1 Evoke images, memories, and emotions.
      ‘the words resonate with so many different meanings’
      • ‘The hearts of the old resonate with memories while the hearts of the young beat respectfully at the silent knowledge that many aspects of our lives are a direct reflection of who Trudeau was and what he believed.’
      • ‘We hold these values dear to our hearts because they resonate with strong emotional ties.’
      • ‘The central themes resonate through a network of related stories and characters.’
      • ‘Not an easy or light film, yet one very well realized, which resonates long after viewing.’
      • ‘Such images resonate with some poignancy, with the personal situation of many commentators.’
      • ‘To make this story resonate today, it should be set in a non-Western society.’
      • ‘Even their smallest gestures resonate with genuine emotion.’
      • ‘The emotions that the songs convey are generally ones that resonate with me.’
      • ‘Ilsa stayed only a year, but her story resonates through Mitchell's life.’
      • ‘It's strange how inanimate objects can resonate with different emotions depending on the situation in which they are viewed.’
      • ‘The show avoids being depressing because it resonates with its viewers' experience.’
      • ‘Her best works continue to resonate long after seeing them.’
      • ‘How has a single set of icons resonated so powerfully among a diverse national population?’
      • ‘This image is a photographic icon that continues to resonate with viewers.’
      • ‘Imbedded in history, these iconic images resonate with viewers while preserving moments - both thrilling and poignant - from our collective history.’
      • ‘You care about the people that are like you and the cultural elements that resonate with you.’
      • ‘Yet it is that ordinariness, oddly enough, that makes the stories resonate.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the parts of the songs resonate with beauty and emotion.’
      • ‘All elements of his sprawling film resonate with each other intellectually, emotionally, and viscerally, while notably avoiding concrete statements of theme.’
      • ‘The themes resonated with viewers, becoming universal in their appeal.’
    2. 1.2US (of an idea or action) meet with agreement.
      ‘the judge's ruling resonated among many of the women’
      • ‘This idea resonated with the jury, who appreciated the monument to patients and the effort to preserve their confidentiality.’
      • ‘Some of his ideas resonate closely with the contemporary consensus of critical biblical scholars.’
      • ‘Early on, the company had generated some ideas that resonated with consumers.’
      • ‘The two in fact are related: the ideas resonate differently in different parts of the world, exemplifying with remarkably clarity the issues introduced in the previous sections.’
      • ‘The ideas resonated with him because that's how he has lived his life.’
      • ‘Guinness hopes the idea will resonate with stout drinkers in vastly different markets.’
      • ‘This message, delivered in his quiet, thoughtful manner, resonates among his audiences.’
      • ‘This belief resonates with a patriotic public.’
      • ‘Additionally, a brain-trust only appeals to people who think the ideas resonate with their own.’
      • ‘It also exemplifies how cultural battles between traditionalists and progressives and structural battles over federalism resonate among women and provide strategic openings for their campaigns.’
      • ‘The best part has been meeting young rabbinical students, who resonate most completely with what I'm saying.’
      • ‘The case will resonate among e-marketers who face a major consent problem when trying to exchange email address lists.’
      • ‘It is my goal to communicate with people whose opinions resonate with the first four paragraphs of this article.’
      • ‘Thus, she developed ideas about art that resonated with, and in fact pre-dated, many of the major theoretical texts that were subsequently employed to explain her films.’
      • ‘It is easy to see why Illich's ideas resonated well in the cultural climate of the time.’
      • ‘And I think the message that he's delivering is resonating at least among some voters and certainly in Wisconsin independent voters.’
      • ‘Their ideas resonate in scholarly circles and eventually penetrate the general media.’
  • 2technical Produce electrical or mechanical resonance.

    ‘the crystal resonates at 16 MHz’
    • ‘When the tuned circuit receives electromagnetic energy at its tuned frequency, the tuned circuit resonates and provides power to the energy storage device, which in turn powers a transponder.’
    • ‘The cover would stop light from scattering by resonating at the same frequency as the light striking it.’
    • ‘Lacking a tuning dial, they contained individual crystals cut to resonate at specific frequencies.’
    • ‘In a PEM, a piece of crystalline quartz is electronically excited to resonate at a frequency determined by its shape and crystal orientation.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Latin resonat- ‘resounded’, from the verb resonare (see resound).

Pronunciation

resonate

/ˈrɛz(ə)neɪt/