verb re·it·er·ate \ rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrāt \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of reiterate

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


play \(ˌ)rē-ˌi-tə-ˈrā-shən\ noun


play \rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrā-tiv, -t(ə-)rə-tiv\ adjective



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Examples of reiterate in a Sentence

  1. He iterates and reiterates that his lab likewise provided the French with many biological tools and samples, as well as significant technical guidance … —Natalie AngierNew York Times Book Review24 Mar. 1991
  2. Easy victories bring little satisfaction; repeated failures encourage reiterated effort, to the moment of ultimate gratification or ultimate resignation. —Peter GayStyle in History1974
  3. 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 Lincolndebate versus Stephen A. Douglas7 Oct. 1858
  4. "And are you glad to see me?" asked she, reiterating her former question, and pleased to detect the faint dawn of a smile. —Emily BrontëWuthering Heights1847
  5. She avoided answering our questions directly, instead reiterating that the answers could be found in her book.

  6. Allow me to reiterate: if I am elected, I will not raise taxes.

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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").

Origin and Etymology of reiterate

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

reiterate Synonyms

REITERATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of reiterate for English Language Learners

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

REITERATE Defined for Kids


verb re·it·er·ate \ rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrāt \

Definition of reiterate for Students

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

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