Definition of resound in English:



  • 1[no object] (of a sound, voice, etc.) fill a place with sound; be loud enough to echo.

    ‘another scream resounded through the school’
    • ‘He hangs up the phone, and the sound of his laughter resounds throughout the parking lot.’
    • ‘As her voice resounded throughout the cavern, the weakened walls began to shake and crumbled.’
    • ‘A knock sounded at the door, resounding throughout the whole house.’
    • ‘A sharp yelp resounded through the air as the figure fell to the floor.’
    • ‘She laughed as well, loving the feel of his voice resounding through his chest.’
    • ‘Just then a loud bang resounded throughout the warehouse.’
    • ‘As the voices of these women resounded through the meeting hall, the promises and hope did not appear far-fetched but closer to ground reality.’
    • ‘His baritone voice resounded through the hall.’
    • ‘A voice resounded through the waiting room, and I grinned, I knew that voice.’
    • ‘Screaming for somebody, screaming for her parents, her footsteps resounded throughout the marble corridors.’
    • ‘A roar resounded through the hallways and heavy rapid footsteps came from the new hallway.’
    • ‘Her footsteps resounded eerily through the six levels of stairs, as her thoughts raced through evil and distressing scenarios.’
    • ‘We sat in silence for a few moments before the high-pitched squeal of the microphone resounded throughout the pub.’
    • ‘Light spilled out from upper and lower windows, even though it was early in the morning, and loud, booming voices resounded from inside.’
    • ‘The royal voice resounded through the sticky night air, carried beyond its normal range by an abnormally chilly gust of air.’
    • ‘Silence ensued her words, and footsteps resounded through the auditorium.’
    • ‘Laughter resounds throughout cozy kitchens while mothers bake gingerbread and children decorate sugar cookies.’
    • ‘Teddy set down his cup, a definite clink resounding throughout the office, and leaned forward.’
    • ‘Tina's shrill voice resounded through the house.’
    • ‘William's laughter resounded throughout the long hallway, making the noise terribly bothersome.’
    echo, re-echo, reverberate, ring out, fill the air, boom, peal, thunder, rumble
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    1. 1.1(of a place) be filled or echo with a particular sound or sounds.
      ‘the office resounds with the metronomic clicking of keyboards’
      • ‘As the room resounded with cheers and hisses, a man brushed past Padlin, heading for the pit.’
      • ‘The old school and the old school yard land will once again resound to the sounds of children at play.’
      • ‘On the last night of the engagement - the night before the wedding - the bride's house resounds with sad songs of leavetaking.’
      • ‘The chapel resounds with full-throated hymns.’
      • ‘The place resounded with the calls of birds as they settled down for the night, even as people walked into the tastefully decorated frontyard.’
      • ‘Below, the native camp resounded with the drums of the triumphant, the low booms and higher pitched taps coming quickly of an aural celebration amid the jungle groves.’
      • ‘The space resounded with the now-soft-now-rising-to-a-crescendo music.’
      • ‘The Wanaka streets resound with languages from all round the world.’
      • ‘The whole common room resounded with shouts and whispers and protests, all caused by the calm cloaked woman who sat sipping her ale.’
      • ‘The room resounded with sneezes as I surveyed the red-nosed, sniffling, miserable and furious girls seated in front of me.’
      • ‘The audience collapses in laughter, and the theater resounds with a barrage of applause.’
      • ‘The empty sky resounded with a sudden loud explosion: an invisible airplane had crossed the sound barrier.’
      • ‘Hrothgar's hall resounds with the laughter and songs of poets, who retell the famed history of the Danish tribe.’
      • ‘Empty rooms suddenly resound with the sounds of living and life acquires a whole new meaning.’
      • ‘It resounds with the noise of falling water as the Avon tumbles over a weir.’
      • ‘Once the song ended the room resounded with applause.’
      • ‘The new performance space will resound with their poetry, prose and plays, as they share their writings with the audience.’
      reverberate, echo, re-echo, resonate, ring
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    2. 1.2(of fame, a person's reputation, etc.) be much talked of.
      ‘whatever they do in the nineties will not resound in the way that their earlier achievements did’
      • ‘Nevertheless, his essay provides a clear instance of the rewards both of a poet on writing as such, and as illumination of that poet's poetry: may its song continue and its fame resound.’
      • ‘This is not something that under Victorian law resounds at all but it is what one might call a form of reasonable approach or professional practice that follows from the local defamation law.’
      • ‘The impact, the team contends, resounds today.’
      be acclaimed, be celebrated, be renowned, be famed, be noted, be glorified, be proclaimed, be trumpeted, be talked about, be on everyone's lips
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  • 2literary [with object] Sing (the praises) of.

    ‘Horace resounds the praises of Italy’
    • ‘Rome was drunk with joy; Europe resounded the praises of "the immortal Pius."’
    • ‘Then follows a sort of second preface, in which the Doctor mourns the death and resounds the praises of the late Professor.’
    • ‘Praise for their virtue resounds afar, their evil deeds erased.’


Late Middle English: from re- again + the verb sound, suggested by Old French resoner or Latin resonare sound again.