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

Other Words from repeat


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The event was a rousing success, and Bavarians were eager to repeat it. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2022 Interestingly, last week’s poor effort came at home against Las Vegas, as well, setting Williams up to force history to repeat itself against the Chiefs. Bob Wankel | Xl Media, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2022 Others worry that without changes to education and its financing, the story of rising debt and eventual forgiveness will repeat itself. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 Swinton will use a gesture or an expression in either Julie or Rosalind and then repeat it later for the other character with just the faintest whiff of difference to the arch of the eyebrow, the moue of the mouth. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2022 Nothing supernatural could be as terrifying as some of the things that human beings are capable of, which history has proven again and again, almost daring us to repeat it. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2022 If organizations don't take the time to investigate how cybersecurity incidents happen, they could be doomed to repeat history. PCMAG, 12 Aug. 2022 After all, those who don't learn from recent console history seem doomed to repeat it. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 The Gators are coming off a huge win over then-No. 8 Utah at home and look to repeat against the visiting Wildcats. USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Soto-Wright told Fortune that Universal’s NFTs shouldn’t be affected by declining markets—the use case is more about customer engagement and creating repeat visitors. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2022 Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Men's Health, 20 Sep. 2022 Those groups have supported such devices only for repeat DUI offenders. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 20 Sep. 2022 Those groups have supported such devices only for repeat DUI offenders. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2022 Start the first repeat at the top center of your feature wall. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Biden administration officials also say the high border numbers are distorted by repeat crossing attempts by migrants who have been previously arrested. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Sep. 2022 The statistic includes a significant number of repeat border crossings, as well as nearly 1 million rapid expulsions of migrants who were not allowed to stay in the U.S., the data show. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 19 Sep. 2022 With higher tax rates as a repeat offender, the Dodgers are on track to pay $29.4 million. Ronald Blum, ajc, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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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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