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Meaning of “echo” in the English Dictionary

"echo" in British English

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echonoun [C]

uk   /ˈek.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/ (plural echoes)
  • echo noun [C] (SOUND)

C2 a ​sound that is ​heard after it has been ​reflected off a ​surface such as a ​wall or a cliff: The echoes of his ​screamsounded in the ​cave for several ​seconds. Thick ​carpet would ​reduce the echo in this ​hallway.

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echoverb

uk   /ˈek.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/
  • echo verb (SOUND)

C2 [I] If a ​sound echoes or a ​place echoes with a ​sound, you ​hear the ​sound again because you are in a ​large, ​emptyspace: The ​sound of ​footsteps echoed around the ​hall. Suddenly, the ​building echoed with the ​sound of ​gunfire.

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(Definition of echo from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"echo" in American English

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echonoun [C]

 us   /ˈek·oʊ/ (plural echoes)
  • echo noun [C] (SOUND)

a ​sound that is ​heard again after it has been ​reflected off a ​surface such as a ​wall or a ​cliff: The ​cave was ​filled with the echoes of ​ourvoices.
  • echo noun [C] (SIMILAR QUALITY)

a ​quality or other ​detail that is ​similar to and makes you ​remember something ​else: The son’s ​behavior is a ​clear echo of his father’s.

echoverb

 us   /ˈek·oʊ/ (present tense echoes, present participle echoing, past tense and past participle echoed)
  • echo verb (MAKE SOUNDS)

[I] to ​fill a ​place with ​repeatingsounds, or to be ​filled with these ​sounds: The ​sound of ​footsteps echoed through the ​hall.
  • echo verb (REPEAT)

[T] to ​express or ​think what someone ​else has said or ​thought: Brownell’s ​comments echoed the ​opinion of the ​majority of the ​commissionmembers.
(Definition of echo from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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