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

In the meaning defined above

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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


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.


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

Lines are accidentally repeated, trapping cast members in a loop. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: How funny is ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’? Depends on your appetite for pranks and pratfalls," 12 July 2019 President Trump often repeats the debunked claim that Twitter is unfairly censoring people from following him. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Attendee of President Trump’s Social Media Complaint Fest Speaks Out," 11 July 2019 The program repeats at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Hal Boedeker,, "Apollo 11: WFTV, WUCF TV mark 50th anniversary," 11 July 2019 More broadly, Trump’s repeated dismissal of the reality of climate change increasingly places him at odds with the average American. Justin Worland, Time, "Donald Trump Called Climate Change a Hoax. Now He's Awkwardly Boasting About Fighting It," 10 July 2019 During my stay for the South by Southwest festival, the same olfactory occurrence would repeat itself frequently: a whiff of perfume on an escalator. Flora Tsapovsky,, "Why does San Francisco turn up its nose at perfume?," 10 July 2019 On a call with reporters before the president’s speech, Wheeler repeated an inaccurate claim that the United States remains on track to meet its targets under the Paris climate agreement despite the administration’s deregulation spree. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "In Environment Speech, Trump Fails to Mention Climate Change," 9 July 2019 Romain Bardet, a podium finisher in 2016 and 2017, did repeated ascents in the Sierra Nevada mountains of southern Spain. John Leicester,, "Aiming high: Altitude is the acid test at Tour de France," 5 July 2019 At the pitch fair, McGinnis stands next to his prototype and repeats his story for a steady stream of potential investors. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This former playwright aims to turn solar and wind power into gasoline," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bill is intended to help avoid a repeat of the situation faced by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which filed for bankruptcy in January because of its massive wildfire liabilities. J.d. Morris,, "California lawmakers advance major utility wildfire bill," 8 July 2019 Friday’s forecast is a repeat of Monday ... sunny skies and highs around 80 in both Cleveland and Akron. Cliff Pinckard,, "Monday brings brief break from heat, humidity: Cleveland, Akron weather forecast," 7 July 2019 Gutier said citizens will likely see a repeat of the program in the new fiscal year after July 1. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "State report shows continued trend of rising pedestrian crashes in Arizona," 2 July 2019 Happy customers tend to be repeat customers who improve the bottom line. V. Dion Haynes, Washington Post, "Top 20 Workplaces firms look to narrow wage gap, promote women as leaders," 21 June 2019 Another aspect of the critique of Trump’s policy is a fear that U.S. brinkmanship with Iran will lead to a repeat of the Iraq War that started in 2003. Eli Lake, Twin Cities, "Eli Lake: Don’t blame Trump for Iran’s aggression," 20 June 2019 Data analytics and mobile technology could be used to create more detailed views of repeat customers and to help them plan itineraries. Kim S. Nash, WSJ, "MGM Bets on Departing Volvo Digital Chief to Boost Non-Casino Business," 16 Apr. 2019 Microsoft plans to go slowly and carefully to avoid a repeat of the disastrous rollout of the October 2018 Update, which was re-released in November after the original update overwrote files on a small number of PCs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in late May, giving you power over updates," 4 Apr. 2019 Williams was also identified by two dealership employees as a repeat customer and one of two men who were in the business at the same time as Onfroy just prior to the murder, investigators said. Wayne K. Roustan,, "'Person of interest' identified in fatal shooting of rapper XXXTentacion," 27 June 2018

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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