to show :
In “Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran,” the “r” alliterates.
to use :
Swinburne often alliterates.
to compose or arrange with :
He alliterates the “w’s” in that line.
Historical Examples

Members of the families in Beowulf which we have reason to think historic bear names which alliterate the one with the other.
Beowulf R. W. Chambers

to contain or cause to contain alliteration
(intransitive) to speak or write using alliteration

“to use alliteration,” 1776 (implied in alliterated), back-formation from alliteration, on analogy of obliterate. Related: Alliterating.


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