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  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvɜː(ɹ).bəɹ.eɪt/
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reverberate (third-person singular simple present reverberates, present participle reverberating, simple past and past participle reverberated)

  1. (intransitive) To ring or sound with many echos.
    • 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XXII, in Francesca Carrara. [], volume II, London: Richard Bentley, [], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 239:
      The depths of its old forest reverberated to the echoing thunder, and many a stately tree stood scorched and blackening, to whose withered boughs spring would now return in vain.
    • 1959, Moore Raymond, Smiley Roams the Road, London: Hulton Press, page 131:
      It did not occur to him to be afraid of the vivid fork lightning or the loud thunder that reverberated down the valley.
  2. (intransitive) To have a lasting effect.
    • 2014 November 17, Roger Cohen, “The horror! The horror! The trauma of ISIS [print version: International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 9]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      What is unbearable, in fact, is the feeling, 13 years after 9/11, that America has been chasing its tail; that, in some whack-a-mole horror show, the quashing of a jihadi enclave here only spurs the sprouting of another there; that the ideology of Al Qaeda is still reverberating through a blocked Arab world whose Sunni-Shia balance (insofar as that went) was upended by the American invasion of Iraq.
  3. (intransitive) To repeatedly return.
  4. To return or send back; to repel or drive back; to echo, as sound; to reflect, as light, as light or heat.
  5. To send or force back; to repel from side to side.
    Flame is reverberated in a furnace.
  6. To fuse by reverberated heat.
  7. (intransitive) To rebound or recoil.
  8. (intransitive) To shine or reflect (from a surface, etc.).
  9. (obsolete) To shine or glow (on something) with reflected light.

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reverberate (comparative more reverberate, superlative most reverberate)

  1. reverberant
  2. Driven back, as sound; reflected.




  1. vocative masculine singular of reverberātus




  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of reverberar combined with te