from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To use alliteration in speech or writing.
  • intransitive v. To have or contain alliteration.
  • transitive v. To form or arrange with alliteration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to use alliteration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To compose alliteratively; also, to constitute alliteration.
  • transitive v. To employ or place so as to make alliteration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To begin with the same letter or sound, as two or more words in immediate or near succession; agree in initial letter or sound; make an alliteration.
  • To use alliteration.
  • Formed by or showing alliteration: as, alliterate words.
  • n. One given to the use of alliteration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. use alliteration as a form of poetry


Back-formation from alliteration.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • (What you meant, I assume, was "alliterate", as in "bobby bounced a bright blue ball before bounding back to billy's")

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  • (Like Chesterton, I alliterate too much; and for the same reason, which is that I will not knock off using the right word and seek a feeble substitute, merely because too many of the right words begin with the same letter of the alphabet.)

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  • Perhaps you could give us the some sort of creatively alliterate Christmas film list.

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  • I will also pitch the other more wordy, alliterate, and somewhat baser title that came to mind:

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  • Justice Peter Zarella, for example, made a thoughtful and alliterate injunction: "The ancient definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman has its basis in biology, not bigotry."

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  • "Pastors on Patrol" reminds me of Hell's Grannies and "Irish Send Fast Filly to Feature in Festival" is too lyrical to be anything but an alliterate contrivance.

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  • Scanning verse is infinitely more complex that we lead students to realize (lest they despair), so I would say that the meter of the line is perfectly acceptable OE verse, though, as you point out, it doesn't alliterate.

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  • By nonreader, we met alliterate — someone who can read perfectly well, but prefers other forms of communication and art over text.

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  • | Reply being the notorious nitpicker (and alliterate to boot!) that I am.

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  • Whether two sounds are perceived to alliterate depends on how close they are to each other, whether the two syllables are stressed or not, and - the issue here - whether the sounds are sufficiently phonetically similar to be perceived to be 'the same'.

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