Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

What sound can do and changing sounds

amplify

verb

to make sounds louder

reverberate

verb

if a sound reverberates, it is repeated many times as it hits two opposite surfaces

fade

verb

if a sound fades, it gradually becomes quieter until you cannot hear it any more

echo

verb

if a building, space, or room echoes, noises are repeated there because it is large and empty

ring

verb

if a sound rings in a place, it is loud and you can hear it clearly

rise

verb

if a sound rises, you can start to hear it or it gets louder

deepen

verb

if a sound deepens, or if someone deepens it, it becomes lower

swell

verb

to become gradually louder

deafen

verb

if a noise deafens you, you cannot hear anything else because it is so loud

go off

to start making a noise as a signal or warning

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

garbage patch

a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog