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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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 Metz reiterated that the department would not be releasing the full clip of Jordan Hancock and the officer’s exchange at this time. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Denver Mayor Responds to Leaked Video of Son Threatening Cop, Spewing Gay Slurs at Traffic Stop," 10 May 2018 Scollay reiterated that the scratches could be a product of dirt in Justify's foot from the race and could be resolved soon or could be more serious. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Justify dealing with skin inflammation after Kentucky Derby 2018 victory," 7 May 2018 An administrator also met with each staff member to reiterate that suspicions of abuse or neglect must be reported directly to 969-KIDS, then passed on to supervisors as well, the report says. Courtney Astolfi,, "Aniya Day-Garrett's Euclid daycare to retrain employees in reporting suspicions of abuse," 6 Apr. 2018 Her declarative statements were a stellar performance reiterating how aloof, obtuse and ultimately obstructive this administration is to the racial soul of America. Anchorage Daily News, "Police shootings? Racial tension? Don’t expect input from Trump administration.," 31 Mar. 2018 Richard Grenell, the new U.S. ambassador to Berlin, came out swinging this week by reiterating the Trump administration’s position that European companies should stop working with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, "U.S. wants Germany to halt trade with Iran," 11 May 2018 Greitens responded to the latest charge by reiterating criticism of Gardner's handling of his first felony charge. Will Schmitt, USA TODAY, "Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted — again. He’s accused of stealing charity donor list for campaign," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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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