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repeat

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verb re·peat \ri-ˈpēt\

Definition of repeat

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to say or state againb :  to say over from memory :  recitec :  to say after another

  3. 2a :  to make, do, or perform again repeat an experimentb :  to make appear again the curtains repeat the wallpaper pattern will repeat the program tomorrowc :  to go through or experience again had to repeat third grade

  4. 3 :  to express or present (oneself) again in the same words, terms, or form

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to say, do, or accomplish something again; especially :  to win something (such as a sports championship) another time in succession

repeatability

play \-ˌpē-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

repeatable

play \-ˈpē-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of repeat in a Sentence

  1. Will you repeat the question?

  2. He kept repeating the same thing over and over.

  3. He often has to ask people to repeat themselves because he's a little deaf.

  4. Repeat after me: I promise to do my best….

  5. You are simply repeating, in slightly different words, what has been said already.

  6. My five-year-old can repeat her favorite stories word for word.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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repeat

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noun re·peat \ri-ˈpēt, ˈrē-ˌ\

Definition of repeat

  1. 1a :  something repeated :  repetitionb :  a musical passage to be repeated in performance; also :  a sign placed before and after such a passagec :  a usually transcribed repetition of a radio or television programd :  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. 2 :  the act of repeating

Examples of repeat in a Sentence

  1. Most of the customers are repeats.

  2. No, I don't want to watch that. It's a repeat.

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First Known Use of repeat

15th century

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repeat

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adjective re·peat \ri-ˈpēt\

Definition of repeat

  1. :  of, relating to, or being one that repeats an offense, achievement, or action a repeat burglar a repeat customer

First Known Use of repeat

1888



REPEAT Defined for English Language Learners

repeat

play
verb

Definition of repeat for English Language Learners

  • : to say (something) again

  • : to say (something) after someone else has said it

  • : to say (something that you have memorized)

repeat

play
noun

Definition of repeat for English Language Learners

  • : an occurrence in which something happens or is done again

  • : something that happens or is done again

  • : someone who does something again


REPEAT Defined for Kids

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repeat

play
verb re·peat \ri-ˈpēt\

Definition of repeat for Students

repeated

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repeating

  1. 1 :  to state or tell again Please repeat the question.

  2. 2 :  to say from memory :  recite I'll try to repeat what I heard that night.

  3. 3 :  to make or do again I don't want to repeat a mistake.


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repeat

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noun re·peat

Definition of repeat for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of happening or being done again

  2. 2 :  something happening or being done again


Medical Dictionary

repeat

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noun re·peat \ri-ˈpēt, ˈrē-ˌ\

Medical Definition of repeat

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



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