it·​er·​a·​tion ˌi-tə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce iteration (audio)
: version, incarnation
the latest iteration of the operating system
: the action or a process of iterating or repeating: such as
: a procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result
: the repetition of a sequence of computer instructions a specified number of times or until a condition is met compare recursion
: one execution of a sequence of operations or instructions in an iteration

Examples of iteration in a Sentence

your constant iteration of the same piddling complaints is wearing thin
Recent Examples on the Web The need for local control or customization of models being pushed to later iterations or never. Ron Schmelzer, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Arielle Vandenberg previously hosted the dating reality show for three seasons after the U.S. iteration premiered in 2019. Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2024 The previous iteration of the DJT ticker occurred in 1995, when Trump took his Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts public in an IPO. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 25 Mar. 2024 For several years, the recent iteration of the tubs remained intact — until the fatality in 2022. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 With deep Palm Beach roots dating to 1947 plus a commitment to constant revitalization, The Colony has seen many evolutions, and the current iteration is its best yet. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 The iterations of a virus that thrive throughout a population have some sort of advantage — an ability to sidestep the immune system, perhaps, or extreme contagiousness. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 More recent iterations of the band have also included electric guitarists. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2024 The second iteration of the ultra-popular earbuds sounds good but by no means stellar. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of iteration was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Iteration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


it·​er·​a·​tion ˌit-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce iteration (audio)
: repetition
especially : a computational process in which a series of operations is repeated a number of times

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