UK [rɪˈvɜː(r)bəreɪt] / US [rɪˈvɜrbəˌreɪt] verb [intransitive]
Word forms "reverberate":
present tense I/you/we/they reverberate he/she/it reverberates present participle reverberating past tense reverberated past participle reverberated
1) if a sound reverberates, it is repeated many times as it hits two opposite surfaces

A loud knocking on the door suddenly reverberated around the flat.

2) if something such as a room reverberates, it seems to shake slightly because of a loud sound that is repeated many times
reverberate with:

The room reverberated with the sound of her laughter.

3) formal to have an effect that spreads over a wide area or lasts for a long time

The country's financial problems could reverberate throughout the global economy.

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  • Reverberate — Re*ver ber*ate, a. [L. reverberatus, p. p. of reverberare to strike back, repel; pref. re re + verberare to lash, whip, beat, fr. verber a lash, whip, rod.] 1. Reverberant. [Obs.] The reverberate hills. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Driven back, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reverberate — Re*ver ber*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reverberated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Reverberating}.] 1. To return or send back; to repel or drive back; to echo, as sound; to reflect, as light, as light or heat. [1913 Webster] Who, like an arch, reverberates The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reverberate — Re*ver ber*ate, v. i. 1. To resound; to echo. [1913 Webster] 2. To be driven back; to be reflected or repelled, as rays of light; to be echoed, as sound. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reverberate — (v.) 1570s, from L. reverberatus, pp. of reverberare (see REVERBERATION (Cf. reverberation)). Related: Reverberated; reverberating …   Etymology dictionary

  • reverberate — repercuss, *rebound, recoil, resile Analogous words: *return, revert, recur …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • reverberate — [v] vibrate in sound echo, react, rebound, recoil, redound, reecho, resound, ring; concept 65 Ant. quieten …   New thesaurus

  • reverberate — ► VERB 1) (of a loud noise) be repeated as an echo. 2) have continuing serious effects. DERIVATIVES reverberant adjective reverberation noun reverberative adjective reverberator noun reverberatory adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • reverberate — [ri vʉr′bə rāt΄; ] for adj. [, ri vʉr′bə rit] vt. reverberated, reverberating [< L reverberatus, pp. of reverberare, to beat back, repel < re , again + verberare, to beat < verber, a lash, whip, akin to VERBENA] 1. to cause (a sound) to… …   English World dictionary

  • reverberate — re|ver|be|rate [rıˈvə:bəreıt US ə:r ] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of reverberare [i] to hit back, repel , from verberare to hit ] 1.) if a loud sound reverberates, it is heard many times as it is sent back from… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • reverberate — v. (D; intr.) to reverberate through (the cheers reverberated through the arena) * * * [rɪ vɜːb(ə)reɪt] (D; intr.) to reverberate through (the cheers reverberated through the arena) …   Combinatory dictionary

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