it·​er·​ate | \ˈi-tə-ˌrāt \
iterated; iterating

Definition of iterate 

transitive verb

: to say or do again or again and again : reiterate

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Synonyms for iterate


chime, din, rehearse, reiterate, repeat

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Examples of iterate in a Sentence

no matter how many times I iterate that this so-called prank is a bad idea, no one listens

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And so the process of doing that and iterating on that. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018 Tetris is a sacred cow in the games industry, and only a few major titles have succeeded at iterating on its design; Lumines, which remembers the pleasure of humming the Tetris music and builds a whole game out of that joy, is probably the best. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Lumines Remastered Is the Perfect Summer Gaming Treat," 3 July 2018 One Release Date: November 14, 2018 What happens when a game studio that has spent 25 years iterating on the same game branches out? Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 2018 John Legend and Chrissy Teigen spoke to the crowd in L.A. And at every rally, in every city, marchers brought signs that iterated their demands for reform in poignant ways—through slogans, illustrations, and more. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "The Most Powerful Signs From the 'Families Belong Together' Marches," 30 June 2018 Rumor suggests that Microsoft wants the device to have a comparable role to that of the Surface Pro—pushing a new form factor that will then be iterated on by other PC OEMs. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "New hinge API gives more hints about Microsoft’s 2-screen “Andromeda” device," 29 June 2018 Lohan repeatedly iterated that everything in her past is fine now, or at least in the past. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "9 Things We Learned About Lindsay Lohan’s Life in Dubai," 26 June 2018 Like a coin toss that keeps coming up heads, iterated titles suggest an occult lucky streak bound to break. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Politics and Play of Terrance Hayes," 24 June 2018 For a four-digit code and 10,000 possibilities, that would take days to iterate through every combination. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Apple iOS Passcode Crack Revealed by Security Researcher. Watch the Exploit in Action," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of iterate

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for iterate

Latin iteratus, past participle of iterare, from iterum again; akin to Latin is he, that, ita thus, Sanskrit itara the other, iti thus

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The first known use of iterate was in 1533

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