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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Noemia Atela reiterates her commitment to resistance every day. Diane Grosklaus Whitty, Harper's magazine, "Senior Portrait," 16 Sep. 2019 When pressed as to the majority of the offensive line’s reposting of a social media post by Hanson on Sunday, Cristobal reiterated the redshirt-senior is still being evaluated. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks WR Juwan Johnson (calf) continues to practice, OC Jake Hanson ‘being evaluated,’ multiple injured starters expected to play vs. Stanford," 16 Sep. 2019 Brennaman reiterated that sentiment during Thursday's series finale - before the Reds rallied from a 5-2 deficit for an 11-5 win. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Marty Brennaman expects 'standing boo' from 'liquored up' Cubs fans in Wrigley road finale," 13 Sep. 2019 But anti-slavery constitutionalists reiterated their second rule of construction: Only the words on the paper mattered, not the Framers’ intentions. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, "The Anti-Slavery Constitution," 12 Sep. 2019 And Bevell reiterated the timeout was Patricia's decision when asked about the play Tuesday. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Inside the Detroit Lions: Explaining what happened on play after timeout," 10 Sep. 2019 Colburn reiterated that the drinks could not be consumed, and Gurosko went back to the DJ, who ended the contest. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Hickory Lodge found not guilty of liquor violations stemming from St. Patrick’s ‘baby race’," 30 Aug. 2019 District spokesman Manny Rubio reiterated Tuesday that the district is not in a position to reconsider the transportation changes, which are expected to generate cost savings of about $500,000. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Ysidro parents and students protest elimination of school bus stops," 16 July 2019 What gets lost in the constantly reiterated insistence that television is not only better than ever, but practically better than everything, is that TV doesn't need to be great to be good. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Steph Curry, game-show host? For the broadcast networks, summer TV is all in good fun," 20 June 2019

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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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