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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So the two emailed and Skyped back and forth, iterating on details like the length of the device and the size of the head. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device," 11 July 2019 Much of the successful funding encouraged creative librarians to experiment and scale when successful, iterating and sharing their learnings with others. Wired, "Philanthropy and the Challenge of Quantifying Success," 30 July 2019 Meyer, who in May re-iterated he was done with coaching, received mixed reaction to the announcement. Mark Heim |, al, "Urban Meyer to co-host podcast about ‘elite leadership, culture and behavior’," 9 July 2019 Parents are encouraged to let their children fail in order to learn, and Silicon Valley sings the mantra that failing and iterating is the best path to success. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Theresa May’s final days in office are a lesson in learning from failure," 5 June 2019 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

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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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