Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To exhibit or produce resonance or resonant effects.
  • intransitive v. To evoke a feeling of shared emotion or belief: "It is a demonology [that] seems to resonate among secular and religious voters alike” ( Tamar Jacoby).
  • intransitive v. To correspond closely or harmoniously: "Symbolism matters, especially if the symbols resonate with the larger message” ( William Greider).
  • transitive v. To cause to resound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To vibrate or sound, especially in response to another vibration.
  • v. To have an effect or impact; to influence; to engender support.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To resound.
  • In electricity, to respond to electric oscillations of a given frequency. Used transitively in the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be received or understood
  • v. sound with resonance

Etymologies

Latin resonāre, resonāt-; see resound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin resonatio, from resonāre, present active infinitive of resonō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Don’t add any other words; just let the phrase resonate as broadly and as powerfully as possible.

    The Next Ten Minutes

  • For the heroine's despair comes from feeling not that she will never fall "under another influence," but, less passively (and less idiomatically), that she will never "vibrate" (as in resonate) to such an influence — in the full sense of sympathetic vibration.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • Cornel West is one such intellectual that knows the meaning of the word “hope,” and his word resonate with me.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • The work and many of the thoughts expressed it in resonate with fascism, and particularly the Italian variant – and this resonance seems more closely linked to Strauss than to Xenophon.

    Balkinization

  • One comment in particular would resonate from the gallery Sunday each time Retief Goosen made bogey during the final round of the U.S.

    USATODAY.com - Goosen ganders second U.S. Open victory

  • The movie really did "resonate" - gave me goosebumps at times.

    Boing Boing

  • Bikas Das/Associated Press In Kolkata, a city with a deep-rooted working class culture, anti-capitalist calls resonate more loudly than in most other parts of India.

    Occupy Wall Street ...Kolkata Style

  • You know, if that is something that Republicans can grab onto and get out there and allow it to resonate, that is something that could be a big political issue for them, and that's why they're happy about it.

    CNN Transcript Jun 28, 2009

  • This slows me down enough to let each phrase resonate a bit.

    Lent is coming

  • I felt every word resonate inside of me - it said everything I felt.

    8th August '03

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