- Resonate is defined as to produce a vibrating sound or to relate in a harmonious way.
- An example of to resonate is rubbing the rim of a wine glass to make sound.
- An example of to resonate is someone finding a doctor who shares their ideals about health care.
- to be resonant
- to produce resonance
Origin: from Classical Latin resonatus, past participle of resonare: see resonant
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verb res·o·nat·ed, res·o·nat·ing, res·o·nates verb, intransitive
- To exhibit or produce resonance or resonant effects.
- 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).
- To correspond closely or harmoniously: “Symbolism matters, especially if the symbols resonate with the larger message” (William Greider).
Origin: Latin resonāre, resonāt-; see resound.
- resˌo·naˈtion noun