Meaning of ECHO in English


/ ˈekəʊ; NAmE ˈekoʊ/ noun , verb

■ noun ( pl. -oes )


the reflecting of sound off a wall or inside a confined space so that a noise appears to be repeated; a sound that is reflected back in this way :

There was an echo on the line and I couldn't hear clearly.

The hills sent back a faint echo.

the echo of footsteps running down the corridor


the fact of an idea, event, etc. being like another and reminding you of it; sth that reminds you of sth else :

Yesterday's crash has grim echoes of previous disasters.


an opinion or attitude that agrees with or repeats one already expressed or thought :

His words were an echo of what she had heard many times before.

The speech found an echo in the hearts of many of the audience (= they agreed with it) .

■ verb ( echoes , echo·ing , echoed , echoed )


[ v ] if a sound echoes , it is reflected off a wall, the side of a mountain, etc. so that you can hear it again

SYN reverberate :

Her footsteps echoed in the empty room.

The gunshot echoed through the forest.


echo (to / with sth) | echo sth (back) to send back and repeat a sound; to be full of a sound

SYN reverberate :

[ v ]

The whole house echoed.

The street echoed with the cries of children.

[ vn ]

The valley echoed back his voice.


[ vn ] to repeat an idea or opinion because you agree with it :

This is a view echoed by many on the right of the party.


to repeat what sb else has just said, especially because you find it surprising :

[ v speech ]

'He's gone!' Viv echoed.

[also vn ]



Middle English : from Old French or Latin , from Greek ēkhō , related to ēkhē a sound.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.