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[ri-peet] /rɪˈpit/
verb (used with object)
to say or utter again (something already said):
to repeat a word for emphasis.
to say or utter in reproducing the words, inflections, etc., of another:
to repeat a sentence after the teacher.
to reproduce (utterances, sounds, etc.) in the manner of an echo, a phonograph, or the like.
to tell (something heard) to another or others.
to do, make, or perform again:
to repeat an action.
to go through or undergo again:
to repeat an experience.
verb (used without object)
to do or say something again.
to cause a slight regurgitation:
The onions I ate are repeating on me.
to vote illegally by casting more than one vote in the same election.
the act of repeating.
something repeated; repetition.
a duplicate or reproduction of something.
a decorative pattern repeated, usually by printing, on a textile or the like.
  1. a passage to be repeated.
  2. a sign, as a vertical arrangement of dots, calling for the repetition of a passage.
a radio or television program that has been broadcast at least once before.
Origin of repeat
1325-75; Middle English repeten (v.) < Middle French repeter < Latin repetere to attack again, demand return of, equivalent to re- re- + petere to reach towards, seek (cf. perpetual, petulant)
Related forms
repeatable, adjective
repeatability, noun
nonrepeat, noun
self-repeating, adjective
unrepeatable, adjective
1. iterate, recite, rehearse. 1, 5. Repeat, recapitulate, reiterate refer to saying a thing more than once. To repeat is to do or say something over again: to repeat a question, an order. To recapitulate is to restate in brief form, to summarize, often by repeating the principal points in a discourse: to recapitulate an argument. To reiterate is to do or say something over and over again, to repeat insistently: to reiterate a refusal, a demand. 3. echo, reecho. Unabridged
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  • Then I could not repeat often enough that I loved her, nor make her tell me how she loved me in return!

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • Perhaps this might not be such a bad time to repeat his question, after all.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • She also used some naughty words when she did so, which I will not repeat.

    Proud and Lazy Oliver Optic
  • Since one is not to be had, I must repeat to them what has passed between us.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • We may survive; and if we do not, I will repeat the lessons of my Seneca, and die with a good heart.

    Frankenstein Mary Shelley
British Dictionary definitions for repeat


(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to say or write (something) again, either once or several times; restate or reiterate
to do or experience (something) again once or several times
(intransitive) to occur more than once: the last figure repeats
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to reproduce (the words, sounds, etc) uttered by someone else; echo
(transitive) to utter (a poem, speech, etc) from memory; recite
  1. (of food) to be tasted again after ingestion as the result of belching or slight regurgitation
  2. to belch
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to tell to another person (the words, esp secrets, imparted to one by someone else)
(intransitive) (of a clock) to strike the hour or quarter-hour just past, when a spring is pressed
(intransitive) (US) to vote (illegally) more than once in a single election
repeat oneself, to say or do the same thing more than once, esp so as to be tedious
  1. the act or an instance of repeating
  2. (as modifier): a repeat performance
a word, action, etc, that is repeated
an order made out for goods, provisions, etc, that duplicates a previous order
a duplicate copy of something; reproduction
(radio, television) a further broadcast of a programme, film, etc, which has been broadcast before
(music) a passage that is an exact restatement of the passage preceding it
Derived Forms
repeatability, noun
repeatable, adjective
Usage note
Since again is part of the meaning of repeat, one should not say something is repeated again
Word Origin
C14: from Old French repeter, from Latin repetere to seek again, from re- + petere to seek
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Word Origin and History for repeat

late 14c., "to say what one has already said," from Old French repeter "say or do again, get back, demand the return of" (13c., Modern French répéeter), from Latin repetere "do or say again; attack again," from re- "again" (see re-) + petere "to go to; attack; strive after; ask for, beseech" (see petition (n.)).

Meaning "say what another has said" is from 1590s. As an emphatic word in radio broadcasts, 1938. Meaning "do over again" is from 1550s; specific meaning "to take a course of education over again" is recorded from 1945, American English. Related: Repeated; repeating.


mid-15c., of music passages, from repeat (v.). From 1937 of broadcasts.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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repeat in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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