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 U.S. reverberated throughout the world’s economy, causing a global recession.

Definitions of reverberate
  1. verb
    ring or echo with sound
    synonyms: echo, resound, ring
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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
  2. verb
    have a long or continuing effect
    “The discussions with my teacher reverberated throughout my adult life”
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    die hard, endure, persist, prevail, run
    continue to exist
  3. verb
    be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves
    “the waves reverberate as far away as the end of the building”
    Synonyms:
    reflect
    throw or bend back (from a surface)
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    reflect
    throw or bend back (from a surface)
  4. verb
    treat, process, heat, melt, or refine in a reverberatory furnace
    reverberate ore”
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    type of:
    process, treat
    subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
  5. verb
    throw or bend back (from a surface)
    synonyms: reflect
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    mirror
    reflect as if in a mirror
  6. verb
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    synonyms: bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, ricochet, spring, take a hop
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    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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