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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The settlement also gives Third Point an opportunity to provide input into the CEO selection process, a fact the Campbell spokesman reiterated Tuesday. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Campbell Zeroes In on Ex-Pinnacle Foods Chief Mark Clouse for CEO Job," 27 Nov. 2018 Following the summit with Russia yesterday, Trump’s appointed director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, released a statement reiterating the intelligence community’s assessment on Russian interference, CNN reported. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina Was Charged With Conspiring Against the United States as a Secret Agent," 18 July 2018 Trump on Friday reiterated his plans to take a tough stance on trade with U.S. allies at the summit, threatening again to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Author: Damian Paletta, Anne Gearan, John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump calls for Russia to be reinstated to G-7, threatens allies on trade," 8 June 2018 But the Taliban has consistently rejected talks with the Afghan government, reiterating in a letter to the American people in February its openness to negotiations with the United States instead. Washington Post, "Afghan president declares temporary cease-fire with Taliban in new peace effort," 7 June 2018 The Ministry of Foreign Relations reiterates that no evidence of the alleged incidents has been presented, and maintains its unwavering commitment to cooperate with US authorities. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US pulls two more from Cuba amid puzzling health cases now affecting China," 11 June 2018 Infrared reiterates past beef between the two with a level of restraint, with Pusha's usual lines about Drake not writing his own songs. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Pusha T said what about Drake in 'Star of Adidon'? A breakdown of their long-running feud," 30 May 2018 Their research, published Thursday in the journal Science, reiterates that the pathogen comes in many different strains, some more virulent than others. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Frog-Killing Fungus Found to Have Origins on Korean Peninsula," 10 May 2018 Whatever the response, reiterate how valid those reasons are. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "3 Things Not to Say When a Loved One With Addiction Relapses—and 6 to Try Instead," 20 Oct. 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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The first known use of reiterate was in the 15th century

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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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