repeat

verb
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

repeat

noun
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

repeat

adjective
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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Noun

repeat 1b

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from repeat

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The only actress not to repeat at the Oscars since 2010 remains 2018 contender Emily Blunt for A Quiet Place. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Minari star Yuh-Jung Youn shocks awards race with major SAG Awards win — and gets emotional," 5 Apr. 2021 While on a mission that takes them back in time, Cisco and Chester (Carlos Valdes, Brandon McKnight) get stuck in 1998, where they are forced to repeat the same day over and over. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘NCIS’ on CBS; ‘Chad’ premieres on TBS," 5 Apr. 2021 The screenings were followed by discussion groups, in which detainees had to repeat propaganda and profess gratitude to the Party for saving them from criminality. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 As older students return immediately after spring break, JCPS leaders hope to repeat elementary schools' smooth reopening. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Following smooth elementary return, JCPS middle and high schools to reopen Monday," 4 Apr. 2021 Under normal circumstances, repeat border crossers with prior deportations would face the risk of federal prosecution and jail, but the Title 42 policy has removed any threat of consequences, agents say. Washington Post, "Border officials say more people are sneaking past them as crossings soar and agents are overwhelmed," 2 Apr. 2021 Under normal circumstances, repeat border crossers with prior deportations would face the risk of federal prosecution and jail, but the Title 42 policy has removed any threat of consequences, agents say. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Border officials say more people are sneaking past them as crossings soar and agents are overwhelmed," 2 Apr. 2021 Anniston is making its third straight appearance in the title game and looking to repeat as state champions after claiming the title last season. Evan Dudley, al, "Class 4A girls: Anniston pulls away from Jackson, 50-34, makes 3rd straight title game," 26 Feb. 2021 In two seasons, Day has solidified the Buckeyes as one of the top three programs in the country while looking to repeat the trends of OSU head coaches before him. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Watch the trailer for Ohio State football’s game against Alabama in the National Championship featuring LeBron James and John Legend," 9 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Alabama signee is a repeat winner was 2A Player of the Year. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "SEC signees highlight ASWA girls, boys Super All-State basketball teams," 7 Apr. 2021 Unless the state steps in, small-business owners fear a repeat of the aftermath of the Great Recession when they were charged special assessments to pay down debt accrued by borrowing from the federal government. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Small businesses in Connecticut want to use federal COVID-19 relief money to pay down as much as $1 billion in unemployment insurance debt," 7 Apr. 2021 Consider some basic steps in the sales journey: inquiry or lead, sales quote, follow-up, order placed, order fulfilled, check-in with customer, repeat order. Gareth Parkin, Forbes, "Creative Ways Automation Can Improve Your Sales Processes," 6 Apr. 2021 The first new issue is coming out this month and has received positive feedback from several repeat advertisers. Bob Bong, chicagotribune.com, "Comings & Goings: Windy City sells cannabis dispensaries in Homewood, Posen," 6 Apr. 2021 In the days after the Capitol riot, YouTube did ban one such repeat spreader — former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon. Washington Post, "YouTube says it’s getting better at taking down videos that break its rules. They still number in the millions.," 6 Apr. 2021 Morris said Chautauqua is prepared for a variety of virus and attendance scenarios, including a repeat of last summer, when the grounds were largely empty. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Chautauqua Institution plans hybrid summer with both live and virtual elements," 5 Apr. 2021 And a repeat of that 79-degree high Easter Sunday tied a record for April 4, set in 1889. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "After record highs, temperatures will drop in Utah, and there could be snow," 5 Apr. 2021 Krejsa said the lower number was a result of fewer programs’ winning the women’s title, as a repeat winner is less likely to buy a second floor. New York Times, "Want the Final Four Court? You Have to Win on It First.," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of repeat was in the 14th century

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8 Apr 2021

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“Repeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repeat. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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 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.

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 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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