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

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Other Words from reiterate

reiteration \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌi-​tə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce reiteration (audio) \ noun
reiterative \ rē-​ˈi-​tə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce reiterative (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 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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During a 40-minute meeting between Moïse and the economic forum on Tuesday, Haiti's business leaders reiterated their position: the prime minister had to go before parliament fires him. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haitian officials knew the gas price hike would be unpopular. They did it anyway," 10 July 2018 Trade dispute: President Trump reiterated his threat to place a hefty tariff on automobiles imported from the European Union if the trading bloc doesn’t remove tariffs placed on a variety of U.S. products as part of an escalating trade war. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: 'Sicario' sequel unlikely to vanquish dinosaurs, superheroes," 25 June 2018 The Marlins reiterated their intentions recently to remain patient in terms of developing their top prospects such as Alcantara. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins bringing up club's top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara to make his debut," 27 June 2018 In a telephone interview Monday morning, two days into his nascent campaign, Catelli/Bauer reiterated his theme of bringing the joy back to Baltimore. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Unofficial mayor of Hampden looking to become official mayor of Baltimore," 18 June 2018 Both Counsell and general manager David Stearns acknowledged the situation but reiterated depth is never a bad thing – something that has already proven true with Yelich, Thames and Braun all having spent time on the disabled list. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After breakout season, Domingo Santana still searching for his power at the plate," 7 June 2018 Through all the cast drama, co-host changes, ups and downs with guests, Joy reiterates that none of it has altered her personal views of the world. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Joy Behar Dishes on Why She's Not Leaving Anytime Soon," 11 Dec. 2018 The lack of these moments reiterates the divide between how the platform wants to be seen and the actual culture that creators participate in. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018 And the Sheriff's Office reiterated that point on Friday. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rapid-response team planned as Waukesha Sheriff's Office gears up to aid ICE deportations," 13 July 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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reiterate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reiterate

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

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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