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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.
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").
Origin and Etymology of reiterate
Middle English, from Latin reiteratus, past participle of reiterare to repeat, from re- + iterare to iterate
First Known Use: 15th century
REITERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reiterate for English Language Learners
: to repeat something you have already said in order to emphasize it
REITERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of reiterate for Students
: to repeat something said or done I reiterated my warning.
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