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

Quick aside: Hearing a parade of more than 100 soccer aficionados, golf moms and lawyers enchanted by the sound of their own voice repeating themselves and ignoring their 2-minute time limits -- this was never, ever on my career bucket list. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "David Beckham confronts his biggest fight yet to (finally) bring MLS soccer to Miami," 12 July 2018 Known by its acronym NSU, the group evaded arrest for almost 14 years, thanks to a network of supporters and repeated mistakes by German security agencies. Frank Jordans, chicagotribune.com, "German suspect in neo-Nazi trial guilty of 10 killings, court finds," 11 July 2018 Unfortunately, America has a tendency to repeat itself, and if the past is any indicator, the current chaos at the border is going to get much, much worse. Jason Johnson, The Root, "It’s Not Slavery, It’s Not Japanese Internment: Trump’s Immigration Policy Is Like the Great Migration," 20 June 2018 Click here to hear those words, repeated, sound like singing. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "A new 'Laurel-or-Yanny'? This aural trick might have you hearing spoken words as song," 8 June 2018 The Army wants to move faster from prototypes, to testing, to evaluation and, if necessary, modify and repeat the whole process. Meghan Bobrowsky, Philly.com, "Philadelphia loses out to Austin in bid for new Army Futures Command center," 13 July 2018 Candida albicans is a ubiquitous fungus that typically causes serious harm only to people with a weakened immune system, and yet some otherwise healthy individuals suffer repeated bouts of infection. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 Algeria has refused repeated AP requests for comment on the expulsions. Lori Hinnant, The Christian Science Monitor, "Algeria stops expelling migrants into Sahara after pushback," 13 July 2018 There have been some celebrities who have recovered from using the N-word, but often times they were caught repeating the words of African-Americans who understandably get a pass on using the word. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Dear John: This breakup isn't about us, it's about you and the N-word," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Back in the 19th century, a French criminologist named Alphonse Bertillon invented a technique for recognizing repeat offenders by precisely measuring convicts’ facial features. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "I Can See What You've Seen," 1 Feb. 2018 Johan Kappelhof, Jonathan Campbell and Richard Sanchez were the only repeat starters for the Fire. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "10-man Chicago Fire drop their 3rd straight against FC Dallas," 14 July 2018 Jeff Myer, litigation director at Legal Action of Wisconsin, said such repeat filings turn the court into the landlord's bill collector. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 The offer in some cases can be combined with two other promotions Avalon currently has underway: A $500 per person land-and-cruise promotion (code PRMW0425) and a Welcome Back Credit for repeat customers. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Avalon Waterways offers free flights to Europe with river cruise bookings," 9 July 2018 Wildfires raged on two ends of California Saturday, killing one person, destroying scores of homes and reminding residents of last year’s historic destruction, if not preluding a repeat. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "One dead as wildfires burn on both ends of California," 7 July 2018 Sonos also outlined its market opportunity as partly driven by repeat customers and by the increasing ubiquity of streaming music and voice assistants. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Sonos Files to Go Public, Headed for Trading This Month," 6 July 2018 Uber is a global firm worth tens of billions of dollars and with millions of repeat customers. The Economist, "User-rating systems are cut-rate substitutes for a skilful boss," 28 June 2018 Previously, prosecutors focused on repeat offenders. Kate Morrissey, latimes.com, "Illegal border crossings decrease in June, the first time in 2018," 7 July 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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