[ ri-pee-tid ]
/ rɪˈpi tɪd /


done, made, or said again and again: repeated attempts.

Nearby words

  1. repayable,
  2. repayment,
  3. repeal,
  4. repeat,
  5. repeat oneself,
  6. repeatedly,
  7. repeater,
  8. repeating decimal,
  9. repeating firearm,
  10. repechage

Origin of repeated

First recorded in 1605–15; repeat + -ed2

Related formsre·peat·ed·ly, adverbnon·re·peat·ed, adjectiveun·re·peat·ed, adjective


[ ri-peet ]
/ rɪˈpit /

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)

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for repeated


/ (rɪˈpiːtɪd) /


done, made, or said again and again; continual or incessant
Derived Formsrepeatedly, adverb


/ (rɪˈpiːt) /



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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