reiterate

verb
re·​it·​er·​ate | \ rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce reiterate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce reiteration (audio) \ noun
reiterative \ rē-​ˈi-​tə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce reiterative (audio) , -​t(ə-​)rə-​tiv \ adjective
reiteratively adverb

Did You Know?

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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Johnson attended mandatory Browns workouts during the offseason but reiterated in June that there is nothing the team can do to change his mind about wanting a trade. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Report: Duke Johnson Parts Ways With Agent Amid Trade Request," 10 July 2019 This doc series’ real point reiterates CNN’s political objective: to control the way people think and dictate their taste. Armond White, National Review, "CNN Fakes Movie History as Well as the News," 5 July 2019 On Thursday, Gillibrand, when talking about her public financing plan, reiterated this commitment (though, somewhat confusingly, pivoted to a family bill of rights when asked by Chuck Todd about her top priority). Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "Restoring Democracy is Not Open to Debate," 2 July 2019 The discrepancy reiterates how significant the gap can be between a company’s outward face and the makeup of its actual corporate leadership. Marc Bain, Quartz at Work, "Black Americans are the faces of Adidas, but missing from its leadership," 19 June 2019 As for a full power overhaul, Korban reiterated Tuesday that the Sewerage & Water’s goal is still to tap Entergy as its primary power provider in the near future. Beau Evans, nola.com, "More steps ahead for New Orleans to spend its ‘fair share’ infrastructure money," 19 June 2019 Kulesz reiterated a question at last week's meeting that Hamilton had asked in April: What city official or officials were in attendance during a holiday gathering on Dec. 21, 2017, at a Brazilian steakhouse near City Hall? Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Tension at Troy City Council meeting as fingers point at mayor," 12 June 2019 Another comes via Marca (as per Sport Witness) who say that Pogba will meet with Solskjaer at training next week and 'reiterate his desire' to leave the club. SI.com, "Paul Pogba 'Told' Ex-Teammates He Wants Juventus Return Ahead of Crunch Talks With Man Utd," 28 June 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently created the Ministry of Jal Shakti (water power) to oversee water resource management, and reiterated his election campaign promise to provide piped water to every rural home by 2024. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 28 June 2019

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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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reiterate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reiterate

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

reiterate

verb
re·​it·​er·​ate | \ rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce reiterate (audio) \
reiterated; reiterating

Kids Definition of reiterate

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

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