verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of repeat

1325–75; Middle English repeten (v.) < Middle French repeter < Latin repetere to attack again, demand return of, equivalent to re- re- + petere to reach towards, seek (cf. perpetual, petulant)
Related formsre·peat·a·ble, adjectivere·peat·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·re·peat, nounself-re·peat·ing, adjectiveun·re·peat·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for repeat

1. iterate, recite, rehearse. 1, 5. Repeat, recapitulate, reiterate refer to saying a thing more than once. To repeat is to do or say something over again: to repeat a question, an order. To recapitulate is to restate in brief form, to summarize, often by repeating the principal points in a discourse: to recapitulate an argument. To reiterate is to do or say something over and over again, to repeat insistently: to reiterate a refusal, a demand. 3. echo, reecho. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(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
  1. (of food) to be tasted again after ingestion as the result of belching or slight regurgitation
  2. 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


  1. the act or an instance of repeating
  2. (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
Derived Formsrepeatability, nounrepeatable, adjective

Word Origin for repeat

C14: from Old French repeter, from Latin repetere to seek again, from re- + petere to seek


Since again is part of the meaning of repeat, one should not say something is repeated again
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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.

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