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[verb ri-doo-pli-keyt, -dyoo-; adjective ri-doo-pli-kit, -keyt, -dyoo-]
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verb (used with object), re·du·pli·cat·ed, re·du·pli·cat·ing.
  1. to double; repeat.
  2. Grammar. to form (a derivative or inflected form) by doubling a specified syllable or other portion of the primitive, sometimes with fixed modifications, as in Greek léloipa “I have left,” leípo “I leave.”
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verb (used without object), re·du·pli·cat·ed, re·du·pli·cat·ing.
  1. to become doubled.
  2. Grammar. to become reduplicated.
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  1. doubled.
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Origin of reduplicate

1560–70; < Late Latin reduplicātus (past participle of reduplicāre), equivalent to Latin re- re- + duplic(āre) to double + -ātus -ate1 (see duplicate)
Can be confusedredouble reduplicate
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Related Words for reduplicate

portray, imitate, clone, recreate, reflect, emulate, duplicate, repeat, replicate, mirror, print, copy, photocopy, reprint, reproduce, depict, simulate, plagiarize, transcribe, rewrite

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verb (rɪˈdjuːplɪˌkeɪt)
  1. to make or become double; repeat
  2. to repeat (a sound or syllable) in a word or (of a sound or syllable) to be repeated, esp in forming inflections in certain languages
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adjective (rɪˈdjuːplɪkɪt)
  1. doubled or repeated
  2. (of petals or sepals) having the margins curving outwards
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Derived Formsreduplicative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for reduplicate


1560s, from Medieval Latin reduplicatus, past participle of reduplicare "to redouble," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + Latin duplicare "to double" (see duplicate (adj.)). Related: Reduplicated; reduplicating; reduplicative.

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