‘Resignate’ or ‘Resonate’: How to Spell It Correctly

By Shanea Patterson, updated on November 21, 2022

Did something ‘resignate’ with you or ‘resonate’ with you? Wondering what the correct spelling of the word actually is? We’ll go into detail about that, plus we’ll teach you the definition and how to use the word correctly in a sentence.

But if you need a quick answer, the correct spelling is ‘resonate.’ ‘Resignate’ is not a recognized word in the English language.

Resignate vs. Resonate – Common Errors in English

You learned that the correct way to spell the word in question is ‘resonate.’ The word ‘resignate’ is not actually a word at all.

Resignate or Resonate – Which Spelling is Correct?

The correct spelling of the word is ‘resonate.’ Any other spelling of the word would be incorrect.

Definition and Meaning  

The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘resonate’ is “to produce or exhibit resonance,” “to respond as if by resonance,” “to have a repetitive pattern that resembles resonance,” and “to relate harmoniously: strike a chord.”

The Cambridge definition of the word is: “to produce, increase, or fill with sound, by vibrating (=shaking) objects that are near,” “to be filled with a particular quality,” to continue to have powerful effect or value.”

The definition of it in its verb form is: “to produce or be filled with clear, continuing sound.”

In physics, it’s defined as “an object that resonates, reflects sound waves, and makes them seem louder.”

A few synonyms of the word include:

  • Echo
  • Reverberate
  • Reecho
  • Sound
  • Resound

A Brief History

The first known use of the word ‘resonate’ was in 1873, and it meant “to produce or exhibit resonance.”

By the 1980s, the word was dubbed a “vogue word” that had “gone out of control” by William Safire, most likely from overuse.

Its Latin root, resonare, means “to make a prolonged or echoing sound.” It entered the language during the time of Chaucer in the form of the word ‘resound.’

How to Use ‘Resonate’ in a Sentence Correctly

Now that you’re clear on what the word means and you have some synonyms, let’s talk about how to use it in a sentence.

Here are a few examples of how to use the word in a sentence correctly:

  • The sounds of police sirens resonated throughout the city.
  • The kindergarten teacher’s teaching style really resonated with the students.
  • I don’t know if that book resonated with me the way others have.
  • This art doesn’t really resonate with my soul.
  • Being out in the forest resonates with my spirit.
  • The delightful sounds of piano music resonated throughout the room.
  • The music resonated throughout the building, and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Practice writing your own sentences using the word and see what you can come up with.

Concluding Thoughts on ‘Resignate’ and ‘Resonate’

Now that you know what the word ‘resonate’ means, how to spell it, and how to use it in a sentence, you should have confidence that you’re using it correctly.

Words like ‘rapport’ and ‘apportion’ can be just as tricky when it comes to remembering how to spell them, as well as what they mean.

But if you ever need help with any of these words or another confusing word, just pop back over and browse our library of articles dedicated to explaining confusing words and phrases.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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