repeat

verb
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

repeat

noun
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

repeat

adjective
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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Noun

repeat 1b

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from repeat

Verb

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

When an American player asked him a question, though, Beltrán intentionally often answered in Spanish before repeating his reply in English. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 Do a few reps on one side, and then switch sides and repeat. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Strength Exercises All Beginners Should Learn How to Do," 2 May 2019 This was considered such a success that it was repeated some 15 years later on the south transept. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 Periodic changes in the spectra—repeating every 123 minutes—seemed to bear out a fairly substantially sized object, rather than dust. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Think They've Found a Dead Planetary Core Orbiting a Dead Star," 4 Apr. 2019 This 30-second series is repeated eight times for a total of four minutes. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes and Hamstrings With This Pulsing Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 28 Mar. 2019 The scans and testing would be repeated at intervals a year or more apart to track changes over time. Paula Spencer Scott, Woman's Day, "I Participated in a Clinical Study to See if I Had Dementia — Here's What I Learned," 26 Mar. 2019 However, in the internet age, even an on-the-record denial can sometimes have little impact in shutting down a story down once it has been repeated like wildfire across multiple outlets. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How the Internet’s Obsession with the Royal Family Turned Toxic," 10 Feb. 2019 The colors and patterns are repeated in the adjoining rooms—a technique that's fitting for a house with this type of architecture, called American Foursquare, which features large, boxy rooms with wide openings. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Next Wave Design Duo Toledo Geller Shares its Most Jaw-Dropping Room Transformations," 30 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The reality of warfare is that a repeat of the Guadalcanal situation—even on a smaller scale—is all but inevitable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Robotic Ship Could Become a Marine's Lifeline," 9 May 2019 Taking steps to avoid getting sick is much easier than trying to figure out if someone caught a different cold than you, putting you at risk of a repeat cold. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Can You Actually Catch the Same Cold Twice?," 14 Nov. 2018 The top picks are all repeat winners, with Viking leading the river cruise category for the second year in a row, and rankings for all are higher across the board this year. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Best Cruise Lines (Full List): Readers' Choice Awards 2018," 9 Oct. 2018 Also in the upper bracket is defending champion Alex Rodger, who is looking to become the first repeat winner since 2008. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Quarterfinals set in Metropolitan Amateur golf championship," 29 June 2018 Projected by many as the first repeat winner since Brazil in 1958 and '62, Die Mannschaft became the fourth champion in five tournaments to exit early. Ronald Blum, chicagotribune.com, "European and South American teams dominate World Cup Round of 16," 28 June 2018 PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is the only other repeat winner, capturing top ballpark honors in 2015-16. Staff Report, courant.com, "Dunkin' Donuts Park Repeats As Ballpark Digest's Top Double A Venue," 20 June 2018 The World Cup starts today, and there are so many intriguing story lines, both on and off the pitch: Germany's trying to be the first repeat winner since the 1960s. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for June 14: Russia probe, interest rates, North Korea, migrants, World Cup," 14 June 2018 Baker and pole vaulter Sam Kendricks are repeat winners in Rome. OregonLive.com, "Intensity of feelings about the Hayward project becomes public: Oregon track & field rundown," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of repeat

Verb

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

Noun

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

Adjective

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for repeat

Verb

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

verb

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)

repeat

noun

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

repeat

verb
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.

repeat

noun

Kids Definition of repeat (Entry 2 of 2)

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

repeat

noun
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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