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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.
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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.]
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alliterate

(əˈlɪtəˌreɪt)
vb
1. (Poetry) to contain or cause to contain alliteration
2. (Poetry) (intr) to speak or write using alliteration
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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]
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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
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.alliterate - use alliteration as a form of poetry
poesy, poetry, verse - literature in metrical form
rhyme, rime - compose rhymes
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Translations

alliterate

vieinen Stabreim bilden, alliterieren
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Weiskott, for example, adduces compelling metrical, syntactical and codicological evidence in support of the notion that fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century alliterating stanzaic poems like the Awntyrs off Arthure, which have been frequently considered to belong to the alliterative tradition, are not in reality part of that tradition (2016, 103-106).
Occasionally, Zimmer even breaks the iron-clad Old English rule about never alliterating on an unstressed syllable: for example, line 4, "And death and destruction." Most notable, perhaps, is Zimmer's ambivalence toward echoing the sonorous compactness of classic Old English alliterative meter.
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She swoons, stricken by the bird's alliterating sounds.
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The Marvels of Merlin is a cross-rhymed, alliterating Middle English political prophecy in twelve quatrains, beginning "Of al [thorn]e merveilis of Merlyn how he makes his mone." Sharon Jansen made the poem the subject of an extended study in 1985, identifying seven long texts and three excerpts in five fifteenth- and sixteenth-century manuscripts.
(2.1.451-54) In both passages, Abigail and the money are referred to in such a way that they form an alliterating pair which is then linked with another alliterating pair.
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He will find that the mercury lamps, which are at eye level down the long hill towards Selly Oak create a series of dazzling glares alliterating with black shadows.