verb (used without object), res·o·nat·ed, res·o·nat·ing.

  1. to resound.
  2. to act as a resonator; exhibit resonance.
  3. Electronics. to reinforce oscillations because the natural frequency of the device is the same as the frequency of the source.
  4. to amplify vocal sound by the sympathetic vibration of air in certain cavities and bony structures.
  5. to produce a positive feeling, emotional response, or opinion: an issue that clearly resonates with members of our community; a poem that resonates for me.

verb (used with object), res·o·nat·ed, res·o·nat·ing.

  1. to cause to resound.


  1. to resound or cause to resound; reverberate
  2. (of a mechanical system, electrical circuit, chemical compound, etc) to exhibit or cause to exhibit resonance
  3. (intr often foll by with) to be understood or receive a sympathetic responsethemes which will resonate with voters
  4. (intr: foll by with) to be filled withsimple words that seem to resonate with mystery and beauty

1873, from Latin resonatus, past participle of resonare “to sound again” (see resonance). Literal at first; figurative sense, of feelings, emotions, etc., by 1978. Related: Resonated; resonating.

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