verb re·peat \ri-ˈpēt\

: to say (something) again

: to say (something) after someone else has said it

: to say (something that you have memorized)

Full Definition of REPEAT

transitive verb
a :  to say or state again
b :  to say over from memory :  recite
c :  to say after another
a :  to make, do, or perform again <repeat an experiment>
b :  to make appear again <the curtains repeat the wallpaper pattern> <will repeat the program tomorrow>
c :  to go through or experience again <had to repeat third grade>
:  to express or present (oneself) again in the same words, terms, or form
intransitive verb
:  to say, do, or accomplish something again; especially :  to win (as a sports championship) another time in succession
re·peat·abil·i·ty \-ˌpē-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
re·peat·able \-ˈpē-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of REPEAT

  1. Will you repeat the question?
  2. He kept repeating the same thing over and over.
  3. He often has to ask people to repeat themselves because he's a little deaf.
  4. Repeat after me: I promise to do my best….
  5. You are simply repeating, in slightly different words, what has been said already.
  6. My five-year-old can repeat her favorite stories word for word.

Origin of REPEAT

Middle English repeten, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French repeter, from Old French, from Latin repetere to return to, repeat, from re- + petere to go to, seek — more at feather
First Known Use: 14th century


noun re·peat \ri-ˈpēt, ˈrē-ˌ\

: an occurrence in which something happens or is done again

: something that happens or is done again

: someone who does something again

Full Definition of REPEAT

a :  something repeated :  repetition
b :  a musical passage to be repeated in performance; also :  a sign placed before and after such a passage
c :  a usually transcribed repetition of a radio or television program
d :  a duplication of genetic material (as a sequence of nucleotides) in which the duplicated parts are adjacent to each other along the chromosome
:  the act of repeating

Examples of REPEAT

  1. Most of the customers are repeats.
  2. No, I don't want to watch that. It's a repeat.

Illustration of REPEAT

First Known Use of REPEAT

15th century

Other Broadcasting Terms

continuity, dissolve, fade, feed, remote, residual, spike, wipe


adjective re·peat \ri-ˈpēt\

Definition of REPEAT

:  of, relating to, or being one that repeats an offense, achievement, or action <a repeat burglar> <a repeat customer>

First Known Use of REPEAT



noun re·peat \ri-ˈpēt, ˈrē-ˌ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of REPEAT

:  genetic duplication in which the duplicated parts are adjacent to each other along the chromosome


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