Verb alliterate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


alliterate (third-person singular simple present alliterates, present participle alliterating, simple past and past participle alliterated)

  1. (intransitive) To exhibit alliteration.
  2. (transitive) To use (a word or sound) so as to make alliteration.

More definition: show alliteration, In “Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran,” the “r” alliterates. use alliteration, Swinburne often alliterates. compose or arrange with alliteration, He alliterates the “w's” in that line.

1. to contain or cause to contain alliteration

2. (intransitive) to speak or write using alliteration Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"to use alliteration," 1776 (implied in alliterated), back-formation from alliteration, on analogy of obliterate. Related, Alliterating.

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