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[ree-it-uh-reyt] /riˈɪt əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), reiterated, reiterating.
to say or do again or repeatedly; repeat, often excessively.
Origin of reiterate
1520-30; < Latin reiterātus, past participle of reiterāre to repeat, equivalent to re- re- + iterāre to repeat, derivative of iterum again; see -ate1
Related forms
reiterable, adjective
reiteration, noun
[ree-it-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /riˈɪt əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
unreiterable, adjective
unreiterated, adjective
unreiterating, adjective
unreiterative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reiteration
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  • Fleda took her hand, and her clasp of it was a reiteration of a promise already given.

    The Spoils of Poynton Henry James
  • Take my word for it, the secret of success with "the collective wisdom" is reiteration.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • "Sure I won't," she answered with responsive gaiety, but reiteration of intention.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • To a keen amateur seaman this reiteration is never wearisome.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • She spoke with impassioned energy, as if fortifying her refusal by the reiteration of it.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • The one from his brother was merely a reiteration of what he had said before.

    Margaret Vincent Sophia Lucy Clifford
  • The shouts sounded like English, there was a reiteration of "Wake!"

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • What connection is there between all this and the reiteration of the law of the Sabbath?

  • For the most part the author has given a record of his own observations, and not a reiteration of what others have said.

British Dictionary definitions for reiteration


(transitive; may take a clause as object) to say or do again or repeatedly
Derived Forms
reiterant, adjective
reiteration, noun
reiterative, adjective
reiteratively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin reiterāre to repeat, from re- + iterāre to do again, from iterum again
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Word Origin and History for reiteration

early 15c., from Middle French reiteration and directly from Latin reiterationem (nominative reiteratio) "repetition," noun of action from past participle stem of reiterare (see reiterate).



early 15c., "repeat again and again," from Late Latin reiteratus, past participle of reiterare "to repeat," from re- "again" (see re-) + iterare "to repeat," from iterum "again" (see iteration). Related: Reiterated; reiterating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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