reiterate

verb

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

transitive verb

: to state or do over again or repeatedly sometimes with wearying effect
reiterative
rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce reiterate (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 in the 16th century. 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web At the after-meeting press conference, Chairman Powell reiterated what his FOMC was thinking. Robert Barone, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Finally, the plan reiterates Israel’s insistence that it will not be forced by the international community to recognize a Palestinian state, a possibility the United Kingdom and US President Joe Biden have begun to float. Richard Allen Greene, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 President Biden met with the widow and daughter of the deceased Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday, expressing his condolences and reiterating a pledge to issue new sanctions against Russia today. Toluse Olorunnipa The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 23 Feb. 2024 Supervisor Matt Heinz reiterated the need to address underlying conditions causing the increase in jail population before addressing any other issues. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 22 Feb. 2024 State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that in the meeting with Lula, Blinken recognized Brazil’s long-standing support for the people of Haiti and reiterated the urgent need for international assistance to improve the security situation in the Caribbean country. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 Some Fed officials who have spoken since those reports were released have reiterated their view that inflation is still steadily declining. Christopher Rugaber, Quartz, 21 Feb. 2024 McConnell reiterated how witnesses in the case included eyewitnesses, law enforcement, experts, co-conspirators, and drug dealers. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2024 Netanyahu reiterated the state’s commitment to releasing hostages in Gaza. NBC News, 19 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Reiterate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reiterate. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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reiterate

verb
re·​it·​er·​ate rē-ˈit-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce reiterate (audio)
reiterated; reiterating
: to say or do over again or repeatedly
reiterative adjective
reiteratively adverb
reiterativeness noun

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