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Something that reverberates echoes. That is, it keeps making it a sound, it keeps getting talked about a lot, or it keeps making a big impact or causing major effects.

re VUR bur ate
(Or, relax the first syllable and say "ruh VUR bur ate.")

Part of speech:
the intransitive kind: "the shout reverberated," "their choice reverberated for years."

Other forms:
Reverberated, reverberating, reverberation(s).

For an adjective, you can choose the poetic "reverberate" (pronounced "re VUR bur ut") or any of the more ordinary, non-poetic options: "reverberant," "reverbatory," reverberatory," or "reverberative." But seriously, when we need an adjective, I suggest we just stick with "reverberating."

And for the adverb, as best as I can tell, we've just got "reverberantly."

How to use it:
This word tends to be serious. The tone is often negative.

You can be literal and talk about sounds and waves that reverberate.

More often, we talk about news, events, conflicts, statements, stories, publications, rumors, issues, and decisions that reverberate.

You can simply say that those things reverberate.

Or that things reverberate with some quality, aspect, or emotion: "writing that reverberates with natural imagery," "a country that reverberates with anger."

Or that things
     reverberate locally,
     reverberate globally,
     reverberate down the halls,
     reverberate across the state,
     reverberate around the nation,
     reverberate across the Internet,
     reverberate through an industry or society,
     reverberate throughout your lifetime, etc.

Twenty years after the tornado, Kissimmee residents still feel its reverberations.

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