reiterate

verb
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

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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In public statements, Venezuelan officials have reiterated that mining in Canaima is prohibited and should be concentrated in the Orinoco Mining Arc. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 Puerto Rican public officials, including Governor Ricardo Rosselló, have reiterated the vulnerability of the island’s power system. NBC News, "U.S. plans to remove backup power generators in Puerto Rico. Officials worry it's hurricane season.," 11 July 2018 Rodriguez has reiterated the team’s need for a true creative midfielder since the offseason. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid prevail again, Liverpool survive Roma and the best of the week in soccer," 3 May 2018 The offer for the XL was reiterated two weeks ago as part of the larger proposal. ... Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Private Equity Firm Will Bid To Buy, Renovate Hartford's XL Center," 18 Apr. 2018 In the last month, both De Sousa and KU coach Bill Self have reiterated their confidence that the forward will be eligible to play next season. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "KU's Silvio De Sousa mentioned in FBI subpoena sent to Maryland basketball," 6 July 2018 Sandberg also reiterated Facebook’s support for the Data Privacy Protection Act being voted on in California on Thursday. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Facebook and Twitter launch ad transparency tools ahead of midterms," 28 June 2018 In a parallel process, South Korea should also reiterate its commitment not to receive or deploy nuclear weapons, while reaffirming that there are no such weapons within its borders. Christopher R. Hill And Thomas R. Pickering, star-telegram, "What would a successful Trump-Kim summit look like?," 11 June 2018 Trump reiterated his support of Haspel in a Monday morning tweet. Sarah Westwood, CNN, "White House scrambling to shore up support for Trump's CIA pick," 7 May 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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reiterate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reiterate

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

reiterate

verb
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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