repeat

verb
re·peat | \ ri-ˈpēt \
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 , ˈrē-ˌpēt \

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 \

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 \ noun
repeatable \ri-ˈpē-tə-bəl \ 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

In other words, the dots and other repeating marks are a structural device and not just a decorative effect. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Connecting the dots in Goldberg's variations," 13 July 2018 They were approached by big names and went on to have repeated phone calls with someone who turned out to be an extremely talented imposter. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Queen Of Hollywood Scams Just Told Anna Delvey To Hold Her Beer," 11 July 2018 Carly Mask When the history of the great micromobility wars of 2018 is written, readers will quickly notice a cycle repeating itself. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How cities should regulate the scooter surge," 11 July 2018 The activities will change throughout the year, another new step designed to keep the center fresh and interesting to repeat visitors, Civitello said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan Public Library rolls out exhibits about 'community helpers' for Early Learning Center," 22 June 2018 The scene was repeated at stores across the U.S., Canada and Britain. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dear Doreen's Deals: Locked-up carts at Aldi keep prices low; what's tax-free for back to school," 13 July 2018 Much like the World Poker Tour and The Game 365, the Big3 was repeated over and over and over again on Fox Sports Detroit when the Tigers weren’t on. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Jamie: Could Big3 basketball league happen in other sports?," 13 July 2018 This would then be repeated until the field was reduced to the required size—between three and five representatives, depending on the seat. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 Kaplan also said that the wave of consolidation that swept the airline industry starting in the early 2000s and culminating in American's 2013 merger with US Airways won't be repeated in the foreseeable future. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The high price Roma demand, around £75m, after losing Mohamed Salah so cheaply last season is simply not worth paying for a repeat of the mistakes Liverpool fans have been accustomed to seeing at Anfield. SI.com, "Why Liverpool Need to Forget Signing a New Keeper & Stick With Loris Karius," 10 July 2018 Di Grassi's victory has elevated him to third in the overall standings but the title battle is between Vergne and Bird, who secured a victory in New York last season and will be looking for a repeat in 2018. CNN, "Formula E: Lucas di Grassi wins in Zurich as Sam Bird boosts title chances," 10 June 2018 But the invader is still in the meadow, and there's a chance for a repeat of the dietary shift here. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How one man’s death led to the extinction of a butterfly population," 10 May 2018 Previously, prosecutors focused on repeat offenders, and asylum seekers and families caught crossing went through the immigration system to determine whether they would be allowed to stay in the country but often did not face criminal charges. Kate Morrissey, Anchorage Daily News, "Illegal border crossings decrease for the first time in 2018," 7 July 2018 Only England now stand in the way of a repeat performance this summer. SI.com, "Warning Signs: How Sweden's Humble History Makers Survived and Thrived in the Post-Zlatan Era," 6 July 2018 After word got out that Strathdee and her husband’s doctors had managed to save his life with a bacteriophage — literally, a bacteria-eater — her inbox filled with pleas for a repeat performance. Eric Boodman, STAT, "First phage therapy center in the U.S. signals growing acceptance," 21 June 2018 Last year's World's Best Restaurant winner, the New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park would not have a repeat performance, instead placing fourth with the consolation prize of Best in North America. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "One of the world's best restaurants is a five-hour drive from Cincinnati," 20 June 2018 Spieth won the Travelers Championship in 2017, and is hoping for a repeat performance. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Jordan Spieth Arrives Early For Travelers Championship," 18 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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More Definitions for repeat

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 \
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 \

Medical Definition of repeat 

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

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