Definition of reverberate in US English:



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  • 1(of a loud noise) be repeated several times as an echo.

    ‘her deep booming laugh reverberated around the room’
    • ‘She called, listening to her voice echo and reverberate through the clay rooms.’
    • ‘The Oracle addressed them from their midst, her voice reverberating in their ears.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Emily handed the portfolio to Lee and a tinny scream reverberated over the floor.’
    • ‘A loud roar reverberated through the mountains.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The deafening thunder reverberated around the room and struck back down from the high ribbed ceiling.’
    • ‘He pulled the trigger back and the sound of the gunshot reverberated through the walls.’
    • ‘However, their argument was abruptly ended when a loud clang reverberated around the dungeon.’
    • ‘Her scream still reverberated off the basement walls in the darkness.’
    • ‘A higher, sharper sound reverberates down the hall.’
    • ‘She had to be a lot more careful down here; footsteps reverberated very loudly.’
    • ‘Floors, for example, can alert guards based solely on how loud a footstep reverberates upon its surface.’
    • ‘His deep bark reverberated throughout the forest.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, a loud thud reverberated from a floor above the waiting room.’
    • ‘The sound of the gunshot reverberated angrily in the room.’
    • ‘I tried to imagine what the noise might have been, its echoes still reverberating down the corridors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Evelyn's eyes snapped open, the scream reverberating in her ears.’
    • ‘She started to laugh, the musical tones reverberating through the halls before quieting.’
    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 or be disturbed because of a loud noise.
      ‘the hall reverberated with gaiety and laughter’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 stadium reverberated with claps as brave Marathas displayed their skills in the sport, where the men showcased their acrobatics on poles.’
      • ‘The courtyard reverberated with the noise of the preparations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fans had barely caught their breath, however, before cricket pavilions around the world reverberated to the crashing of more heroes falling from their pedestals.’
      • ‘For the last few years, Victoria's walls have reverberated with lamentations of the defunct student days of yore.’
      • ‘The Blue half of the Eternal City reverberates to a different beat when the Argentinian plays.’
      • ‘The atmosphere reverberated with the sound of conch shells and temple drums.’
      • ‘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 P.S. Higher Secondary School hall reverberated with the excited chatter of the women and a dozen schoolgirls.’
      • ‘No longer do the Middle Eastern deserts reverberate to the sound of Australian helicopters.’
      • ‘The hall reverberated with applause each time the guest went down memory lane recalling the college's accomplishments.’
      • ‘Trinidad reverberates to soca, and Martinique to the racing double beat of zouk.’
      • ‘Neither of us speak for a moment; the lively chords of the song in the background reverberate off the walls.’
      • ‘The hall reverberated with applause, as two little kids of the group emerged every time on the ramp.’
      • ‘And at the end of the 45-minute play, Ravindra Bharathi reverberated with standing ovation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the start-up signal, the entire base reverberated with noise.’
    2. 1.2archaic with object Return or re-echo (a sound)
      ‘oft did the cliffs reverberate the sound’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Under the right conditions, barricades of trees reverberated a shout with an echo.’
      • ‘Large pieces of glass propped against one side of the cell eerily reverberate the soothing sounds of cascading water.’
      • ‘They're holding their breath and singing, so they must be reverberating sound inside their head somewhere.’
    3. 1.3 Have continuing and serious effects.
      ‘the statements by the professor reverberated through the capitol’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This triggered a rivalry between Carrara and the town of Pietrasanta (in whose territory Monte Altissimo lay) that reverberates to this day.’
      • ‘The fallout continues to reverberate through the media, the political sphere, and has forced a discussion on the state of the culture.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reggae music arose from the streets of Kingston and reverberates around the world.’
      • ‘The impact of their decision continues to reverberate.’
      • ‘The insurance implications of the attack continue to reverberate around the world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the 18th century, two revolutions occurred and both unleashed forces that reverberate even today.’
      • ‘That's why, Roy says, small actions in her village reverberate in the power centers of Delhi and Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If nothing else, it triggered a series of spats and arguments that continue to reverberate.’
      • ‘Even changing a single field reverberates throughout the development process, he says.’
      • ‘In the worst cases, it left legacies of personal pain and distress that continue to reverberate in Aboriginal communities to this day.’
      • ‘God was preparing Liddell to honor Him, and his testimony still reverberates today.’
      • ‘The explosions in New York and Washington on September 11 continue to reverberate around the globe.’
      • ‘The repercussions of the controversy around the alleged doping by three of Bulgaria's champion weightlifters continue to reverberate.’


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’).