[ ri-peet ]
/ rɪˈpit /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)




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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 FROM repeat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for repeat

  • He played a game where the only rule is kill or be killed and the stakes are repeatable.

    Wall Street's Bonus Addiction|Doug Hirschhorn|April 30, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • Technologically, it was a repeatable miracle that occurred too often to even be interesting.

    Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
  • Technologically it was a repeatable miracle that occurred too often to even be interesting.

    Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)

British Dictionary definitions for repeat

/ (rɪˈpiːt) /



Derived forms of repeat

repeatability, nounrepeatable, adjective

Word Origin for 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
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