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[uh-lit-uh-reyt] /əˈlɪt əˌreɪt/

verb (used without object), alliterated, alliterating.
to show :
In “Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran,” the “r” alliterates.
to use :
Swinburne often alliterates.
verb (used with object), alliterated, alliterating.
to compose or arrange with :
He alliterates the “w’s” in that line.
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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