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

Definition of iterate

transitive verb

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Now Millions of souls over hundreds of years gathered together in an area no bigger than a handful of very big apples: a concept easy to iterate but impossible to fully understand. Wired Staff, Wired, "WIRED’s Ultimate Summer Reading List," 2 July 2020 The ability to quickly iterate and build parts helped the automaker quickly pivot to shield making for medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "GM Built a C8 Corvette Prototype That Was 75 Percent 3D Printed," 26 June 2020 That all said, the raceAhead team is taking this opportunity to iterate a bit. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The coronavirus is changing the race beat," 31 Mar. 2020 Brazzell further iterated that while liquor stores are closed, patrons can still buy wine and beer at grocery stores and convenience stores that are licensed to stock it. Fox News, "Closing Pennsylvania liquor stores could lead to withdrawal, death: experts," 27 Mar. 2020 Tesla has iterated different resistance heaters, but this heat pump is completely new. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "For His Next Trick, Elon Musk Will Revolutionize HVAC Systems," 26 Mar. 2020 Since that first pivot, the company hasn't stopped iterating, sometimes, to its user’s dismay. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Payal Kadakia Made ClassPass into the Decade's First Billion-Dollar Company," 5 Mar. 2020 Imagine a computer that iterated the way the human eyeball did, first as a sensor for light and growing more complex by the generation. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Says His Teslas Can Be Superhuman," 9 Apr. 2020 That isn’t unusual in the process of proving complex and landmark ideas, where different scientists often iterate one new step at a time based on what their colleagues are doing. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Guy Says He Solved the Most Controversial Open Problem in Math," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Iterate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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