alliterate

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 or arrange with alliteration: He alliterates the "w's" in that line.
[1810-20; back formation from ALLITERATION]

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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 .… …  

  • 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

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