- 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 repeat
This time it would be the biggest mistake for the Western press to repeat that—absolutely the biggest mistake.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
The battle between conservation groups and FWS over the fate of the Yellowstone grizzly is about to repeat.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
A Manhattan window washer somehow survived a 47-story fall back in 2007, but such a miracle was not likely to repeat itself.Rescue at One World Trade Center
November 13, 2014
In every interview and event, I continue to repeat my message to the Saudi government.Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger: My Husband Is a Victim of the Thought Police
Ensaf Haidar, Advancing Human Rights
October 20, 2014
One tune would be like an hour or two hours, and he would not repeat himself, and it would not be boring….The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
It will not be necessary to repeat in detail the course of my examination.
As we do, we must not repeat the well-intentioned errors of our past.
Yet, I repeat, man is potentially a man, however far he may be from actual manhood.Weighed and Wanting
He did me the honor to repeat it aloud; but the Minister's answer was not heard.
In the lives of great men the typical tragedies are likely to repeat themselves.The Man Shakespeare
- (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 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.