rep·​e·​ti·​tion ˌre-pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce repetition (audio)
: the act or an instance of repeating or being repeated
: a motion or exercise (such as a push-up) that is repeated and usually counted
ˌre-pə-ˈtish-nəl How to pronounce repetition (audio)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the image, which features blurring, unusual shadows and pattern repetition typical of artificial intelligence, appears to be fake. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 Horstmann acknowledges that, for some musicians, the repetition of touring can be a roadblock. Marisa Whitaker, SPIN, 28 May 2024 There’s an almost mathematical playfulness to the way Hamaguchi shuffles characters and identities and toys with repetition and substitution. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 3 May 2024 Israeli officials reject the genocide accusation, saying the intent of their military operation is not to wipe out Palestinians, but to wipe out Hamas and prevent a repetition of its Oct. 7 attack that Israel says killed 1,200 soldiers and civilians. Adrian Florido, NPR, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for repetition 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of repetition was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Repetition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


rep·​e·​ti·​tion ˌrep-ə-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce repetition (audio)
: the act or an instance of repeating
: a motion or exercise (as a push-up) that is repeated and usually counted
: something repeated

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