reiterate

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

Essential Meaning of reiterate

somewhat formal : to repeat something you have already said in order to emphasize it reiterate a claim/view/point 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.

Full 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

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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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, parent groups in the region — and across the country — have joined to reiterate that schools are safe and essential, and must remain open despite the rise of omicron. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 To reiterate, a key element to help in the gemstone industry is to ask about specifics. Thomas Schröck, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Although just to reiterate, because this is a new concept, the point is that every song has its counterpart, its alternate universe. Marcus Jones, EW.com, 29 Oct. 2021 Analysts hoped for strong commitments from China that would influence global climate ambitions, but the 2021 plan appeared to largely reiterate pledges made in 2015. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 15 Nov. 2021 Amazed by how naturally the final piece of Brighten fell into place, Cantrell can’t help but reiterate his admiration for John. Billboard, 29 Oct. 2021 Biden will reiterate his ambition to get 70 percent of the world vaccinated against the coronavirus over the next 12 months. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 Fennell hopes the recent introduction will reiterate the need for such legislation and get passed independently as its own act. Steven Vargas, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Biden will very likely reiterate calls for the release of Russian opposition leader Navalny, says Edward Lucas, author of The New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West,. Madeline Roache, Time, 2 June 2021

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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 Jan 2022

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

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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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