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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repeatability \ ri-​ˌpē-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce repeat (audio) \ noun
repeatable \ ri-​ˈpē-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce repeat (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 Then came his record-setting 174-8 (53.26 meters) in round 3 — his only official measurement, including finals the next day — and repeat NCAA title. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 10 July 2021 Gently, with a metal spatula, turn the sandwich over and repeat this process until the roll is toasted and the cheese is noticeably metly. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 July 2021 If Hill can repeat that performance, the Browns will have what the 49ers had in K’Waun Williams in 2019. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 8 July 2021 Hopkin: The participants would type for 10 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds, then repeat while the researchers monitored their neural activity. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 7 July 2021 The combat pattern is: Pop Twisted Rounds, teleport behind an enemy with Hunt the Prey, pop Time Rift, fire away, then repeat by teleporting somewhere else. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Attorneys representing the Alaska Legislature and Alaska Department of Law will meet in court July 23 in a hearing that may decide whether the state could repeat the circumstances that nearly led to a government shutdown this week. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 30 June 2021 Under the bill, parents would have to decide by July 15 whether their child should repeat a grade. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 June 2021 Kentucky already created a similar program for students, and Pennsylvania parents might be able to have a child repeat a grade if the governor signs off on legislation that lawmakers passed Thursday. Kantele Franko, Star Tribune, 24 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nearly 20,000 people came to Target Field on an overcast, blah-weather Wednesday to watch the baseball equivalent of an irritating song being played on repeat. Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 In addition to regular doughnut walls and towers to display the tasty concoctions, the variety of doughnuts offered each week has repeat guests addicted for more. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Wash, rinse, repeat: A former Trump staffer is challenging the decision to buy the machines in court. cleveland, 25 May 2021 So, please, dear readers, repeat after me: Social Security is not SSI, and SSI is not Social Security! Tom Margenau, Dallas News, 28 Mar. 2021 Racist depictions of Black women throughout history and glaringly on social media repeat this failure of power analysis and historical context. Sydette Harry, Wired, 11 Jan. 2021 Tired quarantine: Have a snack, maybe a walk, repeat. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 5 Jan. 2021 Mendelssohn's Wedding March hovered in the air, played on repeat. CNN, 17 June 2021 This summer, this on-the-go customer needs a piece that can take her or him from day to night, that is easy to wear and that can be worn on repeat. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, 17 June 2021

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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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13 Jul 2021

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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)



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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