re·​du·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ri-ˌdü-pli-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce reduplication (audio) , ˌrē-, -ˈdyü- \

Definition of reduplication

1 : an act or instance of doubling or reiterating
2a : an often grammatically functional repetition of a radical element or a part of it occurring usually at the beginning of a word and often accompanied by change of the radical vowel
b(1) : a word or form produced by reduplication
(2) : the repeated element in such a word or form

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Other Words from reduplication

reduplicative \ ri-​ˈdü-​pli-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce reduplication (audio) , ˌrē-​ , -​ˈdyü-​ \ adjective
reduplicatively adverb

Examples of reduplication in a Sentence

that old-looking colonial mansion is actually a 20th-century reduplication of the original, which was destroyed many years ago ever since I was forced to do a reduplication of a day's work, I've been more conscientious about hitting my computer's “save” button
Recent Examples on the Web The collection, dubbed with another fun reduplication, Bon Bon, was inspired by the packaging for the Apple AirPods. Leilani Marie Labong,, "How one SF artist is betting big on the Bayview district," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of reduplication

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reduplication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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re·​du·​pli·​ca·​tion | \ ri-ˌd(y)ü-pli-ˈkā-shən, ˌrē- How to pronounce reduplication (audio) \

Medical Definition of reduplication

: an act or instance of doubling reduplication of the chromosomes

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