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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But in the new filing, attorneys Peg Green and Cory Engle reiterate Arias' story at trial that Alexander persuaded Arias to detour to Mesa to visit Alexander while on her road trip from Northern California to Utah in June 2008. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "First look: Jodi Arias' defense attorneys file 342-page brief in conviction appeal," 6 July 2018 But a National Security Council spokesman reiterated that the U.S. will consider all options at its disposal to help restore Venezuela's democracy and bring stability. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pressed aides on Venezuela invasion, US official says," 4 July 2018 But Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash reiterated Tuesday that the decision wouldn’t need to be made until sometime in August. Tyler Estep, ajc, "Gwinnett’s transit plan now (sort of) includes rail to Gwinnett Place," 26 June 2018 When accepting the Republican Party nomination at the Republican National Convention in July 2016, Trump reiterated his plans for a travel ban based on countries, but did not mention Muslims in the proposal. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you need to know about President Trump's travel ban," 26 June 2018 But Hill reiterated that the Marlins would continue to be patient with top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara, who has pitched 85 innings (14 starts) in Triple A this year, as well as others such as Pablo Lopez (1-1, 3.71 in three Triple A starts). Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins' top rookie starting pitcher likely out for the season with shoulder injury," 25 June 2018 In a note to clients Wednesday, Exotix reiterated a buy rating on Samarco bonds, predicting a fine that’s in line with the venture’s future ability to pay. Paula Sambo,, "Samarco Is Close to a Settlement With Brazil Prosecutors," 14 June 2018 But asked about the remark Monday, Shah reiterated that the White House's internal frustration over the episode was that it was leaked, not that it was said. Kaitlan Collins, CNN, "In leaky West Wing, not even a phone ban can stop embarrassing disclosures," 15 May 2018 As for Muhammad, his portfolio doesn’t need to be reiterated as part of A Tribe Called Quest. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad on 'The Midnight Hour' & Working on Season Two of 'Luke Cage'," 7 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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