reverberate

If you give a loud shout in a cavernous place, like a gym, or a church, the sound of your voice will reverberate throughout the room. Reverberate means sound waves traveling back and forth, as in an echo.

Often we use reverberate to talk about sound, or sometimes light. If a noise echoes for a long time, we can say the space reverberates with that noise. You may have heard of a reverb effect in audio processing, which is basically a long echo. We also use the word metaphorically to describe the impact of huge events. For example, the 2008 mortgage crisis in the US reverberated throughout the world’s economy, causing a global recession.

DEFINITIONS OF: reverberate

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v ring or echo with sound

Synonyms:
echo, resound, ring
Types:
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consonate
sound in sympathy
reecho
repeat or return an echo again or repeatedly; send (an echo) back
reecho
echo repeatedly, echo again and again
bong
ring loudly and deeply
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v have a long or continuing effect

“The discussions with my teacher reverberated throughout my adult life”
Type of:
die hard, endure, persist, prevail, run
continue to exist

v be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves

“the waves reverberate as far away as the end of the building”
Synonyms
reflect
to throw or bend back (from a surface)
Type of:
reflect
to throw or bend back (from a surface)

v treat, process, heat, melt, or refine in a reverberatory furnace

reverberate ore”
Type of:
process, treat
subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

v to throw or bend back (from a surface)

Synonyms:
reflect
Types:
mirror
reflect as if in a mirror

v spring back; spring away from an impact

Synonyms:
bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, ricochet, spring, take a hop
Types:
kick, kick back, recoil
spring back, as from a forceful thrust
bound off, skip
bound off one point after another
carom
rebound after hitting
Type of:
bound, jump, leap, spring
move forward by leaps and bounds
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