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 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 Boswell reiterated that neither her age nor her accepting responsibility got her to a minimum sentence of 45 years. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Teen daughter gets 45 years in 2017 stabbing death of her mother in Gary," 12 June 2019 The family’s distress over the missing body parts was detailed in a NY1 investigation into Palmer’s death and reiterated to The Post. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A man went to resolve a DUI. He died at a prison days later.," 9 June 2019 One day later at an energy conference, Hollub, then unfamiliar with Chevron's impending deal, reiterated Oxy's interest in Anadarko to Walker. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oxy's pursuit of Anadarko - two years in the making," 7 June 2019 Goodell also reiterated the league's preference in pushing for the Bills to build a new stadium to replace their existing facility, which was built in 1973. John Wawrow, courant.com, "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reiterates desire to shorten 4-game preseason," 3 June 2019 During a bilateral meeting in September, Mr. Moon reiterated to Mr. Abe that the reconciliation foundation couldn’t function normally due to objections from victims and ordinary Koreans. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "South Korea Dissolves Group Central to WWII-Era Sex-Slaves Pact With Japan," 21 Nov. 2018 Freeform reiterated to Teen Vogue in a statement that the show's cancellation status is still up in the air. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne-Led "Famous In Love" Might Be Cancelled at Freeform," 27 June 2018 Coming out of the meeting in Ryan's office, Curbelo and conservative Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador reiterated those positions to reporters without indicating they had been resolved. Lauren Fox And Tal Kopan, CNN, "House Republicans gear up for marathon immigration debate," 7 June 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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