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 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 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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Recent Examples on the Web Still, Florida felt a need to reiterate a Heisman case for him after SEC coaches failed to name him first-team all-conference. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler and Florida’s Kyle Trask endured vastly different paths en route to the Cotton Bowl Classic," 28 Dec. 2020 Trump continued to reiterate his unsubstantiated claims of fraud, despite his own administration assessing the election to have been conducted without any major issues. Aamer Madhani, Star Tribune, "Trump assails vote integrity while urging turnout in Ga.," 5 Dec. 2020 To reiterate, the safest way to celebrate is at home, with just your household. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: A harm-reduction approach to Thanksgiving," 25 Nov. 2020 New accusations of fraud stemming from the video prompted Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, to reiterate his calls for a signature audit. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Georgia surveillance footage gives Trump legal team rare traction in voter fraud quest," 4 Dec. 2020 Just to reiterate, Lopez's biggest secret to flawless skin? Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Said Her Ex-Boyfriend Told Her She Should Get Botox at 23," 3 Dec. 2020 On Wednesday Berland and Spiers took to Twitter to applaud the NLRB for its complaint and to reiterate that they were fired unfairly. Fortune, "Google illegally fired two activist employees, federal labor board alleges," 3 Dec. 2020 Harry, a longtime advocate for climate change and earth preservation, also takes the opportunity to reiterate the importance of taking action—over just talking about the issue—to ensure a livable earth for decades to come. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Shares How Becoming a Father to Archie "Changed Everything"," 2 Dec. 2020 In the current decision, however, all the Court does is reiterate the law. The Editors, National Review, "The Supreme Court Got Church Restrictions Right," 29 Nov. 2020

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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 2021

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“Reiterate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reiterate

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


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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