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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Another comes via Marca (as per Sport Witness) who say that Pogba will meet with Solskjaer at training next week and 'reiterate his desire' to leave the club. SI.com, "Paul Pogba 'Told' Ex-Teammates He Wants Juventus Return Ahead of Crunch Talks With Man Utd," 28 June 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently created the Ministry of Jal Shakti (water power) to oversee water resource management, and reiterated his election campaign promise to provide piped water to every rural home by 2024. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 28 June 2019 Mehlinger emailed a complaint about Wang’s posts to several city officials and received a response back from City Manager Deborah Feng reiterating the city’s official statement — that Wang was not posting on behalf of the city. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "‘YIMBY neo-liberal fascists’ comment, perceived threats spark backlash against Cupertino planning commissioner," 25 June 2019 Trump returned to the subject of Iran during an event in the Oval Office on Tuesday, reiterating his commitment that his administration would not allow Tehran to obtain nuclear weapons. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump threatens 'overwhelming force' against Iran if it attacks 'anything American'," 25 June 2019 The Fed has already signaled that it is prepared to cut rates at its next meeting, with Fed Chairman Jerome H. Powell reiterating last week that officials will take steps to sustain the economic expansion. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "The Economy Is About to Hit a Record. Trump Says the Fed ‘Blew It’," 24 June 2019 The Trump administration has also explicitly avoided endorsing a two-state solution or any form of Palestinian sovereignty, positions Kushner reiterated in his interview. Rashid Khalidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Neocolonial Arrogance of the Kushner Plan," 12 June 2019 Jennifer Garner replied to Paltrow's comment, reiterating the query. Glamour, "Diane Keaton Is My Favorite Instagram Fashion Influencer," 24 Apr. 2019 The report reiterated the findings of the draft, sending the recommendations to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, who is under no deadline to act on them. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Harlandale ISD board braces for state action," 13 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reiterate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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