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verb (used with object), it·er·at·ed, it·er·at·ing.
  1. to utter again or repeatedly.
  2. to do (something) over again or repeatedly.
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verb (used without object), it·er·at·ed, it·er·at·ing.
  1. to operate or be applied repeatedly, as a linguistic rule or mathematical formula.
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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

Synonyms for iterate

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Related Words for iterated

repeat, emphasize

Examples from the Web for iterated

Historical Examples of iterated

  • "I shall not go with you," iterated Dorothy in a level tone.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • "You are very kind," she iterated the first words he had heard from her lips.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He iterated ancient truths in forms that suited his own era.

  • "You wanted to see me about something," he iterated, wandering.

    Joan Thursday

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • “No, there is nothing left for us but the open boat,” I iterated stoutly.

    The Sea-Wolf

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for iterated


  1. (tr) to say or do again; repeat
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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 iterated



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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