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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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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The company has also been criticized for merely iterating on the same basic design of iPhones and laptops. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Jony Ive leaving may be just what Apple needs now," 27 June 2019 Under its new ownership group, the Marlins have consistently re-iterated their intent to integrate themselves with the local community. Wells Dusenbury,, "Despite facing similar issues as Rays, Marlins will be playing in Miami for the foreseeable future," 22 June 2019 Amazon, on the other hand, can iterate on a robot until it's perfectly adapted for a specific task. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One," 5 June 2019 The first step is to run the polynomial dynamically — that is, to iterate it by feeding each output back into the polynomial as the next input. Quanta Magazine, "3-D Fractals Offer Clues to Complex Systems," 3 Jan. 2017 SpaceX kept iterating on the Falcon 9 rocket, however, changing materials, introducing the use of densified propellant to cram more fuel in its tanks, and working on the Merlin rocket engines. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Forget the Falcon Heavy’s payload and focus on where the rocket will go," 2 Feb. 2018 Then, a vast smorgasbord of layered jackets and coats, iterating a range of ’80s vibes: hints of a boy’s view of dad’s Armani-gray officewear, granddad’s country tweeds, and classic throwback rock-idol leather jackets and leopard-spot drape coats. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 With The Void and ILMxLab slated to create a number of new experiences based on Disney properties, including Marvel, there will also be plenty of opportunities to iterate and play with more complex gameplay mechanics and styles moving forward. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Void’s Ralph Breaks VR puts players inside a giant interactive Disney movie," 21 Nov. 2018 The Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s workhorse rocket, and the company has been constantly iterating on the vehicle’s design since it was first introduced. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 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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to form ideas or theories about something

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