Definition of reverberate in English:



  • 1no object, usually with adverbial (of a loud noise) be repeated several times as an echo.

    ‘her deep booming laugh reverberated around the room’
    • ‘She had to be a lot more careful down here; footsteps reverberated very loudly.’
    • ‘Her scream still reverberated off the basement walls in the darkness.’
    • ‘Having said that, there is a certain romance in listening to the names of far-away places reverberate off the walls of that magnificent place.’
    • ‘His deep bark reverberated throughout the forest.’
    • ‘Floors, for example, can alert guards based solely on how loud a footstep reverberates upon its surface.’
    • ‘Emily handed the portfolio to Lee and a tinny scream reverberated over the floor.’
    • ‘A loud roar reverberated through the mountains.’
    • ‘She called, listening to her voice echo and reverberate through the clay rooms.’
    • ‘It was an exhilarating moment as the chopper seemed to come out of nowhere with its low engine roar reverberating across the valleys, echoing back and forth.’
    • ‘The deafening thunder reverberated around the room and struck back down from the high ribbed ceiling.’
    • ‘However, their argument was abruptly ended when a loud clang reverberated around the dungeon.’
    • ‘The Oracle addressed them from their midst, her voice reverberating in their ears.’
    • ‘Evelyn's eyes snapped open, the scream reverberating in her ears.’
    • ‘Not only does she like to be way off the ground, but her playful and booming laughter reverberates through any campground or room you might find her in.’
    • ‘I tried to imagine what the noise might have been, its echoes still reverberating down the corridors.’
    • ‘He pulled the trigger back and the sound of the gunshot reverberated through the walls.’
    • ‘She started to laugh, the musical tones reverberating through the halls before quieting.’
    • ‘A higher, sharper sound reverberates down the hall.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, a loud thud reverberated from a floor above the waiting room.’
    • ‘The sound of the gunshot reverberated angrily in the room.’
    resound, echo, re-echo, repeat, resonate, pulsate, vibrate, ring, peal, boom, rumble, roll, pound, thump, drum, thrum
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    1. 1.1 (of a place) appear to vibrate because of a loud noise.
      ‘the hall reverberated with laughter’
      • ‘The hall reverberated with applause, as two little kids of the group emerged every time on the ramp.’
      • ‘During the day and well into the dark, the place reverberates with the sounds of bongo beats and novices practicing kookaburra noises on freshly-carved wind instruments.’
      • ‘The atmosphere reverberated with the sound of conch shells and temple drums.’
      • ‘The Blue half of the Eternal City reverberates to a different beat when the Argentinian plays.’
      • ‘Neither of us speak for a moment; the lively chords of the song in the background reverberate off the walls.’
      • ‘Although the air reverberated with vehicle noise from the adjoining main road, he was awakened by tiny muffled scratchings a few feet from his head.’
      • ‘Trinidad reverberates to soca, and Martinique to the racing double beat of zouk.’
      • ‘When the men with ripping muscles and lean frames slapped their arms and thighs in gusto and let out a Viking war cry, the entire place reverberated with the loud sharp blows.’
      • ‘The courtyard reverberated with the noise of the preparations.’
      • ‘The hall reverberated with applause each time the guest went down memory lane recalling the college's accomplishments.’
      • ‘The P.S. Higher Secondary School hall reverberated with the excited chatter of the women and a dozen schoolgirls.’
      • ‘And at the end of the 45-minute play, Ravindra Bharathi reverberated with standing ovation.’
      • ‘No longer do the Middle Eastern deserts reverberate to the sound of Australian helicopters.’
      • ‘For the last few years, Victoria's walls have reverberated with lamentations of the defunct student days of yore.’
      • ‘At the start-up signal, the entire base reverberated with noise.’
      • ‘The streets of Glasgow reverberated with the sound of the chanter as more than 9,000 musicians made their way to the main event on a sunlit Glasgow Green.’
      • ‘The stadium reverberated with claps as brave Marathas displayed their skills in the sport, where the men showcased their acrobatics on poles.’
      • ‘A music concert in the same locale that must have reverberated with her melodious tones centuries ago - the legendary singer could not have asked for a better tribute.’
      • ‘On an April night, on the speck of land in the southern Caribbean that is the Grenadine island of Carriacou, the grounds of Belair Park reverberate to the distinctive call of African drums.’
      • ‘Fans had barely caught their breath, however, before cricket pavilions around the world reverberated to the crashing of more heroes falling from their pedestals.’
    2. 1.2archaic with object Return or re-echo (a sound)
      ‘oft did the cliffs reverberate the sound’
      • ‘Large pieces of glass propped against one side of the cell eerily reverberate the soothing sounds of cascading water.’
      • ‘Under the right conditions, barricades of trees reverberated a shout with an echo.’
      • ‘They're holding their breath and singing, so they must be reverberating sound inside their head somewhere.’
      • ‘Buttermilk Lane is like a natural echo chamber, taking my crazy chords and loopy lines and reverberating them around from stone wall to shuttered window.’
  • 2no object, usually with adverbial Have continuing and serious effects.

    ‘the statements by the professor reverberated through the Capitol’
    • ‘And unlike most real estate busts, this one will reverberate around the world.’
    • ‘I'm sure it had and will continue to have an effect and the message reverberated all around the world.’
    • ‘That's why, Roy says, small actions in her village reverberate in the power centers of Delhi and Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.’
    • ‘The explosions in New York and Washington on September 11 continue to reverberate around the globe.’
    • ‘The Cree say that life is continuous rebirth; the labor of our love will return time and time again, just as the leaves will decompose into soil and the things that we give to this world will reverberate long after we are gone.’
    • ‘It initiated one of the largest property transfers in history, expropriating the principal form of property in one third of the United States, an action that reverberates to this day.’
    • ‘If nothing else, it triggered a series of spats and arguments that continue to reverberate.’
    • ‘The repercussions of the controversy around the alleged doping by three of Bulgaria's champion weightlifters continue to reverberate.’
    • ‘In the worst cases, it left legacies of personal pain and distress that continue to reverberate in Aboriginal communities to this day.’
    • ‘The impact of their decision continues to reverberate.’
    • ‘Simply, interconnected stories told in an honest and forthright manner touch readers in ways that continue to reverberate long after the book is put down.’
    • ‘Reggae music arose from the streets of Kingston and reverberates around the world.’
    • ‘Thirty years ago today, the single worst day of violence during the Troubles saw the streets of Dublin and Monaghan rocked by blasts, but the aftermath continues to reverberate around Irish society.’
    • ‘Oh, and by the way, the Richard Nixon also had another electoral strategy that reverberates to this day and was heavily influenced by race - the suburban strategy.’
    • ‘The fallout continues to reverberate through the media, the political sphere, and has forced a discussion on the state of the culture.’
    • ‘God was preparing Liddell to honor Him, and his testimony still reverberates today.’
    • ‘In the 18th century, two revolutions occurred and both unleashed forces that reverberate even today.’
    • ‘The insurance implications of the attack continue to reverberate around the world.’
    • ‘Even changing a single field reverberates throughout the development process, he says.’
    • ‘This triggered a rivalry between Carrara and the town of Pietrasanta (in whose territory Monte Altissimo lay) that reverberates to this day.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘drive or beat back’): from Latin reverberat- ‘struck again’, from the verb reverberare, from re- ‘back’ + verberare ‘to lash’ (from verbera (plural) ‘scourge’).