it·​er·​ate ˈi-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce iterate (audio)
iterated; iterating

transitive verb

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Using agile project management as its inspiration, Agile Retirement Planning focuses on having the right little conversations about life and money and iterating from there. Roger Whitney, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 And so that ability to do an experiment, see what happened, and then analyze it, iterate, and constantly be able to choose the optimal next best experiment to do is where ARES really shines. IEEE Spectrum, 9 Feb. 2024 The reality is the opposite: Relying on natural ingredients to create products on a mass scale means surrendering to the seasons, testing and iterating complex formulations, and honoring the inconsistencies that come with contents grown from the earth. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 6 Feb. 2024 All of which would allow a startup to iterate thousands of different product ideas, marketing taglines, and cost scenarios with a fraction of the time and personnel, according to Gurevich. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 4 Feb. 2024 Patel's commitment to testing and iterating based on consumer feedback indicates the importance of responsiveness in the CPG industry. David Stubblefield, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 The big priorities for Starship are to move forward with iterating the design to support NASA's lunar lander needs and to start deploying new-generation Starlink Internet satellites, allowing SpaceX to grow the broadband network significantly faster than possible with its existing Falcon 9 rockets. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2023 This masterpiece of endlessly iterating unintelligibility is as opaque to its designers as to its helpless victims. Clive Crook, Twin Cities, 10 Feb. 2024 The Mandelbrot set deals with the simplest equations that still do something interesting when iterated. Quanta Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of iterate was in 1533

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“Iterate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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