[ it-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈɪt əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), it·er·at·ed, it·er·at·ing.

to utter again or repeatedly.
to do (something) over again or repeatedly.

verb (used without object), it·er·at·ed, it·er·at·ing.

to operate or be applied repeatedly, as a linguistic rule or mathematical formula.

Nearby words

  1. itemize,
  2. itemized deduction,
  3. iter,
  4. iterance,
  5. iterant,
  6. iterated integral,
  7. iteration,
  8. iterative,
  9. iteroparous,
  10. ithaca

Origin of iterate

1525–35; < Latin iterātus, past participle of iterāre to repeat, equivalent to iter- (stem of iterum) again + -ātus -ate1

Related formsun·it·er·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for iterate


/ (ˈɪtəˌreɪt) /


(tr) to say or do again; repeat
Derived Formsiterant, adjectiveiteration or iterance, noun

Word Origin for iterate

C16: from Latin iterāre, from iterum again

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Word Origin and History for iterate



1530s, "to do again, repeat," back-formation from iteration, or else from Latin iteratus, past participle of iterare. Related: Iterated; iterating.

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