What does reverberate mean?

Definitions for reverberaterɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪt; -bər ɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reverberate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. resound, echo, ring, reverberate(verb)

    ring or echo with sound

    "the hall resounded with laughter"

  2. reverberate(verb)

    have a long or continuing effect

    "The discussions with my teacher reverberated throughout my adult life"

  3. reverberate(verb)

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

    "the waves reverberate as far away as the end of the building"

  4. reflect, reverberate(verb)

    to throw or bend back (from a surface)

    "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"

  5. bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet(verb)

    spring back; spring away from an impact

    "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"

  6. reverberate(verb)

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

    "reverberate ore"


  1. reverberate(Verb)

    to ring with many echos

  2. reverberate(Verb)

    to have a lasting effect

  3. reverberate(Verb)

    to repeatedly return

  4. reverberate(Verb)

    to rebound or recoil

  5. reverberate(Verb)

    to shine or reflect (from a surface, etc.)

  6. reverberate(Verb)

    to shine or glow (on something) with reflected light

  7. Origin: * From verbero.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reverberate(adj)


  2. Reverberate(adj)

    driven back, as sound; reflected

  3. Reverberate(verb)

    to return or send back; to repel or drive back; to echo, as sound; to reflect, as light, as light or heat

  4. Reverberate(verb)

    to send or force back; to repel from side to side; as, flame is reverberated in a furnace

  5. Reverberate(verb)

    hence, to fuse by reverberated heat

  6. Reverberate(verb)

    to resound; to echo

  7. Reverberate(verb)

    to be driven back; to be reflected or repelled, as rays of light; to be echoed, as sound

  8. Origin: [L. reverberatus, p. p. of reverberare to strike back, repel; pref. re- re- + verberare to lash, whip, beat, fr. verber a lash, whip, rod.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reverberate

    rē-vėr′bėr-āt, v.t. to send back, echo: to reflect: to drive from side to side: to fuse.—v.i. to echo: to resound: to bound back: to be repelled: to use heat, as in the fusion of metals.—v.t. Reverb′ (Shak.).—adj. Rever′berant, resounding, beating back.—n. Reverberā′tion, the reflection of sound, &c.—adj. Rever′berātive.—n. Rever′berātor.—adj. Rever′berātory.—Reverberatory furnace, a furnace in which the flame is reflected on the substance to be burned. [L.,—re-, back, verberāre, -ātum, to beat—verber, a lash.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reverberate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reverberate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emmanuel Cau:

    Many European companies are international and so the global impact of tightening U.S. liquidity will reverberate on European markets.

  2. Wouter Sturkenboom:

    Apple is a really big company, and having disappointed a little bit on the sales side of things, does tend to reverberate around the world in technology stocks.

  3. Jack Markell:

    We must publicly and candidly acknowledge the lasting damage of past sins – damage that continues to reverberate more than 150 years after the abolition of slavery.

  4. Al Baker:

    Any rollback of liberal market access and Open Skies policies will reverberate across the whole world and will lead to retaliatory protectionism affecting all aspects of trade.

  5. Alexander Litvinenko:

    You may succeed in silencing me but that silence comes at a price, you may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr. Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life.

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