reiterate

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

Definition of reiterate

transitive verb

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

Other Words from reiterate

reiteration \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌi-​tə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce reiterate (audio) \ noun
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 Many say education is the antidote, and public officials at all levels should reiterate the efficacy of the vaccine — and physicians can also do their part privately, said Shamoo, the bioscientist at Rice University. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Dec. 2021 Toiling away in silos, product development teams slowly iterate and reiterate ideas in line with organizational culture and pace, while more tactically important initiatives consume any spare oxygen. Martin Taylor, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 In the aftermath of a mass shooting in downtown Sacramento, California, that left six people dead and injured at least 12, President Joe Biden used a Sunday submarine commissioning ceremony to reiterate his call for stronger gun regulations. Mark Morales, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 For the actress and her fashion team, the whirlwind awards marathon was a chance to reiterate the impact of Latinx creatives in Hollywood, the fashion industry, and beyond. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Mar. 2022 Walters’ many allegations against Manson remain intact in the new filing, but emphasized to reiterate that they were repressed memories. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 12 Mar. 2022 California lieutenant governor Kounalakis, the former ambassador to the Republic of Hungary, spoke up after Biden’s remarks to reiterate the first lady’s trust in Biden’s ability to navigate the Ukraine crisis. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2022 To reiterate: Baseball revenues are crushing it, excluding the farcical 2020 season. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 3 Mar. 2022 Lagarde used the news of new sanctions to reiterate her calls for stricter crypto regulations. Alex Tapscott, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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7 May 2022

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“Reiterate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reiterate. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for reiterate

reiterate

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

Kids Definition of reiterate

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

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