ADJ. distant, faint | clear, distinct, strong (often figurative) There are distinct echoes of Elvis Presley in his vocal style. | hollow | returning The bat compares the sound of its cry with the sound of the returning echo.
VERB + ECHO hear, listen for/to We could just hear a faint echo. | produce, send back, send out Their footsteps on the bare boards sent out hollow echoes. | find (figurative) The political upheavals find an echo in the art of the time.
ECHO + VERB sound A faint echo sounded in the cave. | die (away) The echo slowly died away. | come back, return An echo came back from the walls of the building.
PREP. ~ from the echo from a brick wall
1 come back as an echo
ADV. faintly | loudly | eerily, strangely, weirdly | flatly, hollowly The sound echoed hollowly through the tall empty house. | still | back Their voices echoed back across the water.
VERB + ECHO seem to
PREP. across The protest seemed to echo across the room. | around/round His voice echoed around the room. | down Her footsteps echoed down the corridor. | in Her screams still echoed in his ears. | off The call echoed off the walls of the cave. | through Laughter echoed through the house. | with The great hall echoed with laughter.
2 repeat/agree with sb/sth
ADV. exactly | faithfully, wholeheartedly | widely an opinion that is widely echoed in the tabloid press | clearly | merely, only, simply In his statement, the minister merely echoed the views of the chief police officer. | disbelievingly, incredulously ‘He's gone!’ Viv echoed incredulously.
VERB + ECHO seem to They had ideas which seem to echo our own.