Definition of resonate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛz(ə)neɪt/


[no object]
1Produce or be filled with a deep, full, reverberating sound: the sound of the siren resonated across the harbour
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  • At his urging I strummed the guitar, closing my eyes as a gorgeous deep sound resonated.
  • It rings below but the whole house resonates with its sound.
  • The bass was deep and loud, resonating in my chest.
1.1Evoke images, memories, and emotions: the words resonate with so many different meanings
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  • The hearts of the old resonate with memories while the hearts of the young beat respectfully at the silent knowledge that many aspects of our lives are a direct reflection of who Trudeau was and what he believed.
  • Even their smallest gestures resonate with genuine emotion.
  • It's strange how inanimate objects can resonate with different emotions depending on the situation in which they are viewed.
1.2chiefly US (Of an idea or action) meet with agreement: the judge’s ruling resonated among many of the women
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  • The ideas resonated with him because that's how he has lived his life.
  • It is easy to see why Illich's ideas resonated well in the cultural climate of the time.
  • The two in fact are related: the ideas resonate differently in different parts of the world, exemplifying with remarkably clarity the issues introduced in the previous sections.
2 technical Produce electrical or mechanical resonance: the crystal resonates at 16 MHz
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  • In a PEM, a piece of crystalline quartz is electronically excited to resonate at a frequency determined by its shape and crystal orientation.
  • When the tuned circuit receives electromagnetic energy at its tuned frequency, the tuned circuit resonates and provides power to the energy storage device, which in turn powers a transponder.
  • Lacking a tuning dial, they contained individual crystals cut to resonate at specific frequencies.



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  • To engage this mimetic connection is to indulge in a moment of consubstantiality, a resonation between the recipient and the identity, judgement, or value presented on the bill.
  • This room is circular in design thus the central sound system allows for perfectly symmetric acoustic resonation on all points of the perimeter.
  • The music has such high fidelity that it should be heard over large speakers - the kind that can give a pin-drop chilling resonation.


Late 19th century: from Latin resonat- 'resounded', from the verb resonare (see resound).

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