verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- repeat oneself,
- repeating decimal
Origin of repeat
- (of food) to be tasted again after ingestion as the result of belching or slight regurgitation
- to belch
- the act or an instance of repeating
- (as modifier)a repeat performance
Word Origin 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.