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alliterate

to use two or more words having the same initial sound, as in: Sister Suzie sews shirts for sixty-six seasick sailors.
Not to be confused with:
illiterate – unable to read and write; having little or no formal education: He has a lot of native intelligence but he is illiterate.

al·lit·er·ate

 (ə-lĭt′ə-rāt′)
v. al·lit·er·at·ed, al·lit·er·at·ing, al·lit·er·ates
v.intr.
1. To use alliteration in speech or writing.
2. To have or contain alliteration.
v.tr.
To form or arrange with alliteration.

[Back-formation from alliteration.]

alliterate

(əˈlɪtəˌreɪt)
vb
1. (Poetry) to contain or cause to contain alliteration
2. (Poetry) (intr) to speak or write using alliteration

al•lit•er•ate

(əˈlɪt əˌreɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.i.
1. to show alliteration.
2. to use alliteration.
v.t.
3. to compose or arrange with alliteration.
[1810–20]

alliterate


Past participle: alliterated
Gerund: alliterating

Imperative
alliterate
alliterate
Present
I alliterate
you alliterate
he/she/it alliterates
we alliterate
you alliterate
they alliterate
Preterite
I alliterated
you alliterated
he/she/it alliterated
we alliterated
you alliterated
they alliterated
Present Continuous
I am alliterating
you are alliterating
he/she/it is alliterating
we are alliterating
you are alliterating
they are alliterating
Present Perfect
I have alliterated
you have alliterated
he/she/it has alliterated
we have alliterated
you have alliterated
they have alliterated
Past Continuous
I was alliterating
you were alliterating
he/she/it was alliterating
we were alliterating
you were alliterating
they were alliterating
Past Perfect
I had alliterated
you had alliterated
he/she/it had alliterated
we had alliterated
you had alliterated
they had alliterated
Future
I will alliterate
you will alliterate
he/she/it will alliterate
we will alliterate
you will alliterate
they will alliterate
Future Perfect
I will have alliterated
you will have alliterated
he/she/it will have alliterated
we will have alliterated
you will have alliterated
they will have alliterated
Future Continuous
I will be alliterating
you will be alliterating
he/she/it will be alliterating
we will be alliterating
you will be alliterating
they will be alliterating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been alliterating
you have been alliterating
he/she/it has been alliterating
we have been alliterating
you have been alliterating
they have been alliterating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been alliterating
you will have been alliterating
he/she/it will have been alliterating
we will have been alliterating
you will have been alliterating
they will have been alliterating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been alliterating
you had been alliterating
he/she/it had been alliterating
we had been alliterating
you had been alliterating
they had been alliterating
Conditional
I would alliterate
you would alliterate
he/she/it would alliterate
we would alliterate
you would alliterate
they would alliterate
Past Conditional
I would have alliterated
you would have alliterated
he/she/it would have alliterated
we would have alliterated
you would have alliterated
they would have alliterated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.alliterate - use alliteration as a form of poetry
poesy, poetry, verse - literature in metrical form
rhyme, rime - compose rhymes
Translations

alliterate

vieinen Stabreim bilden, alliterieren
References in classic literature ?
(All vowels are held to alliterate with each other.) It will be seen therefore that (1) emphatic stress and (2) alliteration are the basal principles of the system.
I call it Freddy, which I thought was neatly alliterate, so I could introduce it to our grandchildren.
Finally, I say to Dr MacMillan, I would rather be grammatically alliterate than politically illiberal.
In classical Old English poetry, if a verse contains several unstressed syllables, these tend to accumulate in a single sequence either before the first alliterating lift of type B and C verses or immediately after the first lift of type A, in which case the second lift must alliterate (Duncan 1993).
And he really did alliterate like that when you talked to him." -- Neil Gaiman, via Twitter.
The wide variety of reasons for disengagement in reading of books suggest that infrequent parental readers cannot be broadly characterised as alliterate, with independent reading skill, but choosing not to read (Decker, 1986), as for many of these parents, not reading was not a choice, but rather a result of a range of factors, some of which were entirely beyond their control.
For example, he never packs three alliterating stresses in his on-verse, nor in the off-verse does he ever alliterate on the second stressed syllable.
Lesesne (2006), for example, noted that teacher read-alouds, in addition to motivating alliterate students to read, can also introduce avid readers to a world of books they might not otherwise find on their own.
language frequently causes him to alliterate on liquid l's,
Like Kris Jenner, she doesn't alliterate boys, hence Rob Kardashian and George Pig.
Several of the shorter poems in the Piers Plowman tradition alliterate on 's' in the line in which the narrator enters sleep, but they neither use 'slip' or 'slide', nor share the Gawain-poet's ethical concerns regarding sleepers themselves.
albliterration in lieu of the ken to alliterate and obliterate