- 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.
- 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.
- a radio or television program that has been broadcast at least once before.
Origin of repeat
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Examples from the Web for unrepeatable
Like my father, decades earlier, I laughed at loud at unrepeatable things in this new book.The World According to John Irving
May 13, 2012
On the way home from India he had said unrepeatable things to a parson.The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies
The Darkovan name for the Hellers was even more explicit, and even in translation, unrepeatable.The Planet Savers
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Imbrie turned, and in the Indian tongue addressed an unrepeatable insult to the wounded trooper.The Woman from Outside
The captain's reply was unrepeatable, but for such short acquaintance it was an accurate résumé of the character of the applicant.Le Petit Nord</p>
Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
Mr. Pike cursed him with fearful, unrepeatable words, and again demanded what he was doing there.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
- not capable of being repeated
- not fit to be repeated, esp due to swearing or lewdnesshis stories were unrepeatable
- (when tr, 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
- (intr) to occur more than oncethe last figure repeats
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to reproduce (the words, sounds, etc) uttered by someone else; echo
- (tr) to utter (a poem, speech, etc) from memory; recite
- (of food) to be tasted again after ingestion as the result of belching or slight regurgitation
- to belch
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to tell to another person (the words, esp secrets, imparted to one by someone else)
- (intr) (of a clock) to strike the hour or quarter-hour just past, when a spring is pressed
- (intr) 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
- the act or an instance of repeating
- (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
Word Origin and History for unrepeatable
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.