alliterate


alliterate
alliteration NOUN the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
DERIVATIVES alliterate verb alliterative adjective alliteratively adverb.
ORIGIN Latin, from littera 'letter' .

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  • Alliterate — Al*lit er*ate, v. t. To employ or place so as to make alliteration. Skeat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alliterate — Al*lit er*ate, v. i. To compose alliteratively; also, to constitute alliteration. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alliterate — (v.) to use alliteration, 1776 (implied in alliterated), back formation from ALLITERATION (Cf. alliteration), on analogy of obliterate. Related: Alliterating …   Etymology dictionary

  • alliterate — [ə lit′ər āt΄] vi. alliterated, alliterating [back form. < ALLITERATION] 1. to constitute or show alliteration 2. to use alliteration vt. to cause to show alliteration …   English World dictionary

  • alliterate — verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: back formation from alliteration Date: 1776 intransitive verb 1. to form an alliteration 2. to write or speak alliteratively transitive verb to arrange or place so as to make alli …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alliterate — [c]/əˈlɪtəreɪt/ (say uh lituhrayt) verb (alliterated, alliterating) –verb (i) 1. to use alliteration: Swinburne often alliterates. 2. (sometimes followed by with) to show alliteration: the h in harp does not alliterate with the h in honoured .… …   Australian English dictionary

  • alliterate — alliterator, n. /euh lit euh rayt /, v., alliterated, alliterating. v.i. 1. to show alliteration: In Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran, the r alliterates. 2. to use alliteration: Swinburne often alliterates. v.t. 3. to compose …   Universalium

  • alliterate — verb To use alliteration …   Wiktionary

  • alliterate — al·lit·er·ate || É™ lɪtÉ™reɪt v. use the same phonetic sounds at the beginning of adjoining words …   English contemporary dictionary

  • alliterate — al·lit·er·ate …   English syllables