rep·​e·​ti·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce repetition (audio) \

Definition of repetition

1a : the act or an instance of repeating or being repeated
b : a motion or exercise (such as a push-up) that is repeated and usually counted

Other Words from repetition

repetitional \ ˌre-​pə-​ˈtish-​nəl How to pronounce repetition (audio) , -​ˈti-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of repetition in a Sentence

Sometimes repetition is necessary to drive a point home. Children's songs involve lots of repetition. I quit my job at the factory because I hated the mindless repetition.
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Recent Examples on the Web Once The Analyst’s true motives are revealed, there’s not much even the charismatic NPH can do to make the narrative repetition feel all that fresh. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2021 And eventually, as sometimes happens, the repetition led to love. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 24 Dec. 2021 The repetition of shape, pattern, and texture within a room and around the home will help differing styles live harmoniously. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Dec. 2021 Even for those of us who love Batman, the repetition is starting to get boring. Christian Holub,, 3 Nov. 2021 The authors recently talked to the Journal about the ‘80s hard-rock explosion and how the music industry’s repetition of the same formula helped bring it all down. Neil Shah, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2021 After this, repetition is key, until the message goes in. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 But those who want to hear The Doors working at length to craft their songs will be able to gauge how a combination of inspiration, perspiration and repetition can yield, eventually, musical gold. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 Stunning illustrations, fun alliteration, a fantastic vocabulary, and shout-it-out repetition make this a favorite. Tegan Tigani, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of repetition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for repetition

Middle English repeticion, from Middle French, from Latin repetition-, repetitio, from repetere to repeat

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“Repetition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of repetition

: the act of saying or doing something again : the act of repeating something
: something that is done or said again


rep·​e·​ti·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce repetition (audio) \

Kids Definition of repetition

1 : the act or an instance of stating or doing again
2 : something stated or done again

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