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

transitive verb

: to state or do over again or repeatedly sometimes with wearying effect
rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce reiterate (audio)
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 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.
Recent Examples on the Web At his victory party, Cox reiterated his belief in taking the high road. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 6 July 2024 During a speech in Hartford, Conn., over the weekend before roughly 1,000 attendees, Jeffries reiterated his position, adding that Trump was an existential threat to democracy. Jacqueline Alemany, Washington Post, 4 July 2024 Recently, during a family gathering, my parents reiterated their concerns, emphasizing the uncertainties of my profession. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 3 July 2024 Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Yolanda Bejarano reiterated her support for Biden’s candidacy in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. Laura Gersony, The Arizona Republic, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for reiterate 

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin reiteratus, past participle of reiterare to repeat, from re- + iterare to iterate

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reiterate was in the 15th century


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Cite this Entry

“Reiterate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​it·​er·​ate rē-ˈit-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce reiterate (audio)
reiterated; reiterating
: to say or do over again or repeatedly
reiterative adjective
reiteratively adverb
reiterativeness noun

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