Definition of resound in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈzaʊnd/


1 [no object, with adverbial] (Of a sound, voice, etc.) fill or echo throughout a place: another scream resounded through the school
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  • As her voice resounded throughout the cavern, the weakened walls began to shake and crumbled.
  • He hangs up the phone, and the sound of his laughter resounds throughout the parking lot.
  • Screaming for somebody, screaming for her parents, her footsteps resounded throughout the marble corridors.
1.1(Of a place) be filled or echo with a sound or sounds: the office resounds with the metronomic clicking of keyboards
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  • Empty rooms suddenly resound with the sounds of living and life acquires a whole new meaning.
  • The place resounded with the calls of birds as they settled down for the night, even as people walked into the tastefully decorated frontyard.
  • The space resounded with the now-soft-now-rising-to-a-crescendo music.
1.2(Of fame, an achievement, etc.) be much talked of: whatever they do in the Nineties will not resound in the way that their earlier achievements did
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  • Nevertheless, his essay provides a clear instance of the rewards both of a poet on writing as such, and as illumination of that poet's poetry: may its song continue and its fame resound.
  • The impact, the team contends, resounds today.
  • This is not something that under Victorian law resounds at all but it is what one might call a form of reasonable approach or professional practice that follows from the local defamation law.
be acclaimed, be celebrated, be renowned, be famed, be noted, be glorified, be proclaimed, be trumpeted, be talked about, be on everyone's lips
2 [with object] literary Sing (the praises) of: Horace resounds the praises of Italy
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  • Praise for their virtue resounds afar, their evil deeds erased.
  • Then follows a sort of second preface, in which the Doctor mourns the death and resounds the praises of the late Professor.
  • Rome was drunk with joy; Europe resounded the praises of "the immortal Pius."


Late Middle English: from re- 'again' + the verb sound1, suggested by Old French resoner or Latin resonare 'sound again'.

  • sound from Old English:

    There are four different ‘sounds’ in English. The one relating to noise is from Latin sonus. Related words are dissonance (Late Middle English) ‘inharmonious’; resonance (Late Middle English) ‘echo, resound’; resonant (late 16th century); resound (Late Middle English); and sonorous (early 17th century). Sonar, however, is an acronym formed from Sound Navigation and Ranging on the pattern of radar. Sound, meaning ‘in good condition, not damaged or diseased’, is from Old English gesund. In Middle English the prominent sense was ‘uninjured, unwounded’. Use of sound to mean ‘having well-grounded opinions’ dates from the early 16th century; the phrase as sound as a bell appeared in the late 16th century. This puns on the first meaning of sound, and also on the fact that a cracked bell will not ring true. The third sound (Late Middle English) ‘ascertain the depth of water’ is from Old French sonder, based on Latin sub- ‘below’ and unda ‘wave’. The final one for a narrow stretch of water is Middle English from Old Norse sund ‘swimming, strait’, related to swim.

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