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

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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 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 In addition to Romney’s amendment, Graham introduced his own proposal to reiterate U.S. support of Germany. Fox News, "Bipartisan group of senators introduce bill to rein in Trump's ability to scale down troops in Germany," 29 June 2020 News orgs should reiterate at every chance the statistics that show how effective mask-wearing is at reducing the virus. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Pro-Trump media outlets are in denial as many states report new surge in coronavirus cases," 28 June 2020 Airlines will clearly articulate the rules to passengers before flying and flight crews will reiterate the rules once on board, including the consequences passengers could face for violating the policy. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Airlines threaten to ban travelers who refuse to wear face masks," 16 June 2020 The owners are expected to reiterate the same message. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Ahead of MLB owners call Monday, they have no choice but to agree with union: Negotiations are over," 15 June 2020 Underwood and Meeko Williams take the mic and reiterate that Tristan Taylor is not the organizer. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit protests, Day 12: Anger erupts after meeting with mayor," 9 June 2020 Stocks climbed in a wild session Thursday but have pulled back this week, as policy makers have reiterated that a quick economic recovery isn’t a given. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, "Cracks Are Emerging Again in the Stock Market," 14 May 2020 In a conference call with reporters Friday, Silver reiterated the NBA’s desire to restart the season in some fashion, but acknowledged a resolution remains far off. Jeff Mcdonald,, "For San Antonio Spurs’ broadcasters, NBA shutdown means radio (and TV) silence," 18 Apr. 2020 A week later, Hewitt wrote to Rosenstein, reiterating the complaint about the office’s purported ethical violations. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.," 25 Mar. 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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5 Jul 2020

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“Reiterate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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