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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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

That scenario will be repeated the following weekend. Daily Pilot, "Talbert Avenue bridge over 405 Freeway to be demolished starting this weekend," 5 Sep. 2019 The show — which will be repeated on Sept. 8 basically as a fan-club-only event — marks the 20th anniversary of their first S&M collaboration in 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Metallica: An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at S&M2 concerts," 4 Sep. 2019 We’ve been told that this is fairly rare … design work that can’t be repeated today. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This massive turn of the century Queen Anne-style home in New Albany is a knockout," 29 Aug. 2019 The punishment will be repeated for every subsequent targeting penalty in a season. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "Rules Changes in College Football: Targeting, Overtime and Blindside Blocks," 29 Aug. 2019 The Reds are still without first choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker through injury and will hope that last week’s blunder by stand-in keeper Adrian will not be repeated against one of the league's most dangerous attacks., "Jamie Carragher Predicts Liverpool Will Struggle Against Pace of Arsenal's Attack," 21 Aug. 2019 There is a sense, among all those with a deep awareness of history, that China’s enemies have not forgotten, and are indeed watching, if not covertly planning, for such events to be repeated. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s reputation is being damaged," 20 Aug. 2019 Soon came requests that the debate be repeated in other Northern cities. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "When W. E. B. Du Bois Made a Laughingstock of a White Supremacist," 19 Aug. 2019 This routine can be repeated daily to alleviate neck pain and keep your neck loose throughout the day. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 stretches that will relieve neck pain and tension," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In its Seaside Serenade series of hydrangea, Monrovia lists seven varieties as repeat flowering. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, "Growers set their sights on developing re-bloomers for the garden," 21 Aug. 2019 In its Seaside Serenade series of hydrangea, Monrovia lists seven varieties as repeat flowering. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Sunflowers in October? Breeders are racing to develop plants that flower again and again.," 21 Aug. 2019 And the physical storefront won’t accept returns or offer pickups for online purchases — a key functionality that other retailers have been using to drive repeat sales. Globe Staff,, "At Wayfair’s first store, the website isn’t far away," 20 Aug. 2019 Thursday’s episode began shortly before 2 p.m. when deputies were dispatched to investigate a repeat sighting of a trespasser in a field two miles east of Willits. Willits News, The Mercury News, "Willits chase ends with fleeing driver doing yoga poses next to crashed car," 20 Aug. 2019 Parts of Jakarta are now sinking by 25cm a year, as residents and authorities of Indonesia’s capital repeat Japan’s mistakes. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 Fighting a bureau that's unsure about the scientific validity of their efforts, Holden and Bill travel the country interviewing infamous murderers and building a protocol for profiling repeat violent offenders. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating True Story Behind 'Mindhunter' on Netflix," 17 Aug. 2019 Don’t try and figure it out yourself without using one of these, because attempting to wrap your feeble mind around matching large-repeat patterns and how much paper one roll holds is a losing endeavor. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "My wallpaper cheat sheet," 16 Aug. 2019 With three weeks to go before Israelis hold a repeat election on Sept. 17, Netanyahu is fighting a bitter battle to stay in office. Author: Ruth Eglash, James Mcauley, Anchorage Daily News, "Democratic congresswoman rejects visit to Israel after reversal of ban against her," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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