re·it·er·ate | \ rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrāt \
reiterated; reiterating

Definition of reiterate 

transitive verb

: to state or do over again or repeatedly sometimes with wearying effect

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Other words from reiterate

reiteration \(ˌ)rē-ˌi-tə-ˈrā-shən \ noun
reiterative \rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrā-tiv, -t(ə-)rə-tiv \ adjective
reiteratively adverb

Synonyms for reiterate


chime, din, iterate, rehearse, repeat

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Can you guess the meaning of iterate, a less common relative of reiterate? It must mean simply "to state or do," right? Nope. Actually, iterate also means "to state or do again." It's no surprise, then, that some usage commentators have insisted that reiterate must always mean "to say or do again AND AGAIN." No such nice distinction exists in actual usage, however. Both reiterate and iterate can convey the idea of a single repetition or of many repetitions. Reiterate is the older of the two words — it first appeared in the 15th century, whereas iterate turned up around 1533. Both stem from the Latin verb iterare, which is itself from iterum ("again"), but reiterate took an extra step, through Latin reiterare("to repeat").

Examples of reiterate in a Sentence

He iterates and reiterates that his lab likewise provided the French with many biological tools and samples, as well as significant technical guidance … —Natalie Angier, New York Times Book Review, 24 Mar. 1991 Easy victories bring little satisfaction; repeated failures encourage reiterated effort, to the moment of ultimate gratification or ultimate resignation. —Peter Gay, Style in History, 1974 Judge Douglas has again, for, I believe, the fifth time, if not the seventh, in my presence, reiterated his charge of a conspiracy or combination between the National Democrats and Republicans. —Abraham Lincoln, debate versus Stephen A. Douglas, 7 Oct. 1858 "And are you glad to see me?" asked she, reiterating her former question, and pleased to detect the faint dawn of a smile. —Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847 She avoided answering our questions directly, instead reiterating that the answers could be found in her book. Allow me to reiterate: if I am elected, I will not raise taxes.
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And tucked into the decision was a reference to promoting public health, a stance that was reiterated this week by a Russian delegate to a United Nations forum on patents, according to one attendee. Ed Silverman, STAT, "A Russian court grants a compulsory license for a best-selling Celgene drug," 10 July 2018 This view was reiterated by a young man and his mother who were related to Ogburn and also working on the house. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "City working with owners of dilapidated house near LCA to avoid condemnation," 30 June 2018 Ellis did indeed reiterate his critical view of Mueller’s intentions in his ruling Tuesday. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Nothing is going right for Paul Manafort lately," 26 June 2018 In response, O’Rourke said the spokeswoman was wrong and reiterated that he wasn’t allowed to tour or see the kids last week. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Members of Congress tour Tornillo “tent city”," 23 June 2018 Without comment, Kennedy joined Justice Stephen Breyer’s majority opinion in favor of the clinics, which reiterated what Kennedy himself had outlined in Casey more than two decades earlier. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How the Supreme Court Kills Roe v. Wade," 11 July 2018 Felix Browne, an agency spokesman, reiterated Thursday that Riccobene was demoted and is no longer directly supervising any staff, including the legal department, which once fell under her purview in her previous $112,000-a-year position. Matt Stout,, "Duties of demoted executive in medical examiner’s office ‘remain largely the same’," 9 July 2018 Runyan began by going over a handout reiterating the results of the police and school investigations, and criticizing the coaches on the bus that night. Kaila White, azcentral, "Scandal on school bus sparks fury at Verrado High in Buckeye," 3 July 2018 The Spurs have been in contact with Leonard’s representatives since before and after the draft, reiterating their desire to keep him in the fold. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "New plan: Spurs now fielding calls on Kawhi," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of reiterate

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reiterate

Middle English, from Latin reiteratus, past participle of reiterare to repeat, from re- + iterare to iterate

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The first known use of reiterate was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of reiterate

: to repeat something you have already said in order to emphasize it


re·it·er·ate | \ rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrāt \
reiterated; reiterating

Kids Definition of reiterate

: to repeat something said or done I reiterated my warning.

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alleviating pain or harshness

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