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verb (used with object)
  1. to say or utter again (something already said): to repeat a word for emphasis.

  2. to say or utter in reproducing the words, inflections, etc., of another: to repeat a sentence after the teacher.

  1. to reproduce (utterances, sounds, etc.) in the manner of an echo, a phonograph, or the like.

  2. to tell (something heard) to another or others.

  3. to do, make, or perform again: to repeat an action.

  4. to go through or undergo again: to repeat an experience.

verb (used without object)
  1. to do or say something again.

  2. to cause a slight regurgitation: The onions I ate are repeating on me.

  1. to vote illegally by casting more than one vote in the same election.

  1. the act of repeating.

  2. something repeated; repetition.

  1. a duplicate or reproduction of something.

  2. a decorative pattern repeated, usually by printing, on a textile or the like.

  3. Music.

    • a passage to be repeated.

    • a sign, as a vertical arrangement of dots, calling for the repetition of a passage.

  4. a radio or television program that has been broadcast at least once before.

Origin of repeat

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English repeten (verb), from Middle French repeter, from Latin repetere “to attack again, demand return of,” equivalent to re-re- + petere “to reach towards, seek” (cf. perpetual, petulant)

synonym study For repeat

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.

Other words for repeat

Other words from repeat

  • re·peat·a·ble, adjective
  • re·peat·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·re·peat, noun
  • self-re·peat·ing, adjective
  • un·re·peat·a·ble, adjective

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How to use repeat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for repeat


/ (rɪˈpiːt) /

  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to say or write (something) again, either once or several times; restate or reiterate

  2. to do or experience (something) again once or several times

  1. (intr) to occur more than once: the last figure repeats

  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to reproduce (the words, sounds, etc) uttered by someone else; echo

  3. (tr) to utter (a poem, speech, etc) from memory; recite

  4. (intr)

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

    • to belch

  5. (tr; may take a clause as object) to tell to another person (the words, esp secrets, imparted to one by someone else)

  6. (intr) (of a clock) to strike the hour or quarter-hour just past, when a spring is pressed

  7. (intr) US to vote (illegally) more than once in a single election

  8. 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

  1. a word, action, etc, that is repeated

  1. an order made out for goods, provisions, etc, that duplicates a previous order

  2. a duplicate copy of something; reproduction

  3. radio television a further broadcast of a programme, film, etc, which has been broadcast before

  4. music a passage that is an exact restatement of the passage preceding it

Origin of repeat

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

usage For repeat

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

Derived forms of repeat

  • repeatability, noun
  • repeatable, adjective

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