re·​peat | \ ri-ˈpēt How to pronounce repeat (audio) \
repeated; repeating; repeats

Definition of repeat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to say or state again
b : to say over from memory : recite
c : to say after another
2a : to make, do, or perform again repeat an experiment
b : to make appear again the curtains repeat the wallpaper pattern will repeat the program tomorrow
c : to go through or experience again had to repeat third grade
3 : to express or present (oneself) again in the same words, terms, or form

intransitive verb

: to say, do, or accomplish something again especially : to win something (such as a sports championship) another time in succession


re·​peat | \ ri-ˈpēt How to pronounce repeat (audio) , ˈrē-ˌpēt How to pronounce repeat (audio) \

Definition of repeat (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : something repeated : repetition
b : a musical passage to be repeated in performance also : a sign placed before and after such a passage
c : a usually transcribed repetition of a radio or television program
d : a duplication of genetic material (such as a sequence of nucleotides) in which the duplicated parts are adjacent to each other along the chromosome
2 : the act of repeating


re·​peat | \ ri-ˈpēt How to pronounce repeat (audio) \

Definition of repeat (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being one that repeats an offense, achievement, or action a repeat burglar a repeat customer

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repeat 1b

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Other Words from repeat


repeatability \ ri-​ˌpē-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce repeatability (audio) \ noun
repeatable \ ri-​ˈpē-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce repeatable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of repeat in a Sentence

Verb Will you repeat the question? He kept repeating the same thing over and over. He often has to ask people to repeat themselves because he's a little deaf. Repeat after me: “I promise to do my best…”. You are simply repeating, in slightly different words, what has been said already. My five-year-old can repeat her favorite stories word for word. Noun Most of the customers are repeats. No, I don't want to watch that. It's a repeat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pichai had no real answer for this, other than to repeat the company line that users have control over how their data is used. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around," 29 July 2020 None of this means that the economy is destined to repeat its sickening March plunge. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "After the fastest recession in U.S. history, the economic recovery may be fizzling," 11 July 2020 There’s the ennui of being romantically miserable at a picturesque wedding, then there’s the recursive nature of being in a relationship and settling into a routine, which Nyles and Sarah start to do as the days repeat. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Palm Springs Is the Comedy of the Summer," 10 July 2020 Dickinson is the magazine’s choice to repeat as the winner of District 24-6A, followed by Clear Springs, Clear Falls and Clear Creek. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Football prognosticator picks Shadow Creek to win district," 9 July 2020 The packed courtroom goes wild, order is called, and the judge asks Emily to repeat her plea. Matt Cabral,, "Perry Mason recap: Paul Drake delivers a new clue with some serious bite," 6 July 2020 The same pattern of morning clouds parting for partly-sunny skies is expected to repeat again Monday. oregonlive, "Portland metro Sunday weather: Clouds to clear for sunny end to holiday weekend," 5 July 2020 The blades were super sharp out of the box and removed hairs in a single swipe without having to repeat to catch stubble. Deanna Pai, CNN Underscored, "The best women’s razors of 2020," 9 July 2020 Tuesday’s forecast will repeat itself Wednesday, with high temperatures in the low-90s and heat index values in the triple digits. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Triple-digit ‘feels like’ temps in Houston on Tuesday," 30 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a mild fire season last year, a big concern among California residents and fire crews is a repeat of 2018. Paul Vercammen, CNN, "California firefighters brace for raging flames and a burgeoning pandemic," 2 Aug. 2020 Perhaps four months inside my parents' Florida home has warped my brain to the point that living the same day on repeat forever feels more within the realm of possibility than ever attending a boho-chic wedding in sunny California in the future. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Palm Springs Is the Perfect Vacation From Your Infinite Quarantine Time Loop," 10 July 2020 Medium Mid-summer is on repeat Monday and Tuesday with high temperatures in the upper 80s to mid-90s. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Muggy mid-summer heat on repeat. Rain chances today are best to the east.," 10 July 2020 Federal officials took Maxwell's clothes and bedsheets and replaced them with paper attire as a precautionary measure, in hopes of avoiding a repeat bungle by Manhattan jail authorities that culminated in Epstein's suicide in August. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Ghislaine Maxwell forced to don paper attire at NY prison amid suicide concerns: report," 10 July 2020 These developments from the far right are like a repeat of how things played out for ISIS. Rita Katz, Wired, "Neo-Nazis Are Running Out of Places to Hide Online," 9 July 2020 Surely there is more to come, but until then, watching this clip on repeat serves up a jolt of fashion obsession in a season sadly low on a blood-pumping excitement. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "What to Expect From Maison Margiela’s Artisanal Collection," 8 July 2020 But the hotel that seemed to best combine all the facets T+L readers love — superlative service, grand accommodations, and cultural touch points — is a repeat winner, the Leela Palace Udaipur. Sarah Bruning, Travel + Leisure, "Top 5 India Resort Hotels," 8 July 2020 Petitions for repeat conditions must contain new information. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, "Ohio medical marijuana: State board rejects autism, anxiety as treatable conditions," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of repeat


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for repeat


Middle English repeten, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French repeter, from Old French, from Latin repetere to return to, repeat, from re- + petere to go to, seek — more at feather

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“Repeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce repeat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of repeat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to say (something) again
: to say (something) after someone else has said it
: to say (something that you have memorized)


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English Language Learners Definition of repeat (Entry 2 of 2)

: an occurrence in which something happens or is done again
: something that happens or is done again
: someone who does something again


re·​peat | \ ri-ˈpēt How to pronounce repeat (audio) \
repeated; repeating

Kids Definition of repeat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to state or tell again Please repeat the question.
2 : to say from memory : recite I'll try to repeat what I heard that night.
3 : to make or do again I don't want to repeat a mistake.



Kids Definition of repeat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of happening or being done again
2 : something happening or being done again


re·​peat | \ ri-ˈpēt, ˈrē-ˌ How to pronounce repeat (audio) \

Medical Definition of repeat

: genetic duplication in which the duplicated parts are adjacent to each other along the chromosome

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